I met this angel this week while volunteering at the mondays at racine program. We provide spa services as well as reiki and meditation to people currently in treatment for cancer. This doll had not been out of her home in a very long time. Nor had she worn makeup in a very long time. Her greatest challenge that day was her legs. They were filled with fluid and she could hardly walk but she did. She wanted to learn how to meditate! So we practiced sixteen seconds, the pattern interrupt over and over. And we went pretty deep about how angry she was at God. Meditation allows us to witness and experience our emotions without judgment right?
It was incredibly fulfilling for me to witness how after one session she was able to shift and open her heart to let some love and healing in.
As we slowly walked back to the front desk she started to stay how embarrassed she was that it was taking her so “dam long” to walk and then to watch her catch her “conditioned” response so...
Our day presents us with many simple and repetitive activities to become more fully present ~ to practice meditation. We can pick one for today that doesn’t require any thinking. You know, the habitual activities we do on “autopilot” like ~ brushing our teeth.
I love this meditation because I have it ritualized already. I show up everyday to do it. Sometimes more then twice! It also has a beginning and an end ~ and it’s short.
Here are the “I’m brushing my teeth meditation” instructions ~
Before you begin to brush your teeth set an intention to meditate ~
“my intention is to stay present as I’m brushing my teeth.”
When you notice that your mind has drifted away (and it will) from witnessing yourself brushing your teeth simply drift your attention back to “I’m brushing my teeth.” You may find that your attention drifted away from witnessing yourself brushing your teeth the whole time. That’s ok. That is meditation ~ we drift back and forth from the object of...
Recently a student mentioned that they were falling asleep during their afternoon/evening meditation sessions. I understood completely as it happens to me as well.
Sleepiness is one of the most common “foes”that we encounter during meditation.
Note~ I learned from a meditation teacher that whenever the ego feels threatened “it” meets the truth with resistance. Let that sink in a bit.
A rule of thumb for the meditator is that 99 percent of the resistance experienced in meditation is the ego’s attempts to derail the process of entering a higher level of consciousness (or more spacious reality).
These attempts have been called “foes” in Buddhist traditions.
“Foes” can appear as pain in our bodies, boredom, sleepiness, restlessness, judgment, doubt, anger, fear. They can be very persuasive! We can even experience a “foe” as profound as the fear of peace itself. Wow.
When the foes of meditation arise in our practice we might want to remember what Albert Einstein said. “No probl...
Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer introduced me to Abraham. Wayne would often say that he thought Abraham was the wisest teacher walking the path in this lifetime. One of his greatest gifts he said was the privilege to sit with Esther and ask Abraham questions. I know many of you are students of their work and if not, here is a powerful sample.
"Many people are approaching life from the flawed premise that if they work hard and struggle long and pay a big enough price, they will then be rewarded with financial well-being. And since they do not realize that in their struggle they are denying themselves alignment with the abundance they seek, when the abundance does not come, they attribute it to luck or favoritism that is being directed away from them and toward another.
But there is no luck or favoritism. Are you allowing or resisting, letting in or keeping out the abundance you deserve?
As you gradually train your own thoughts into those of positive expectati...
The amount of times I have said this affirmation to myself are too numerous to count. I learned it from Susan Jeffers in my 30’s when I was going through a divorce with three kids under the age of nine and a part time job. I was a big time worrier back then and a crisis mediator. Everything felt like a 911 event!
I continue to say it whenever fear pops up. Right now I AM back in a course with davidji called Deeper Still. It’s his advanced teacher training and I am doing it again to continue to push myself out of some comfort zones and limiting beliefs.
This week’s assignment calls for a five minute video of ourselves teaching a meditation class. I know how to teach a class ~ I conquered that challenge a few years ago. The fear emotions surface when I see myself in the camera doing the video recording. Then submitting it wondering what my teacher and mentor will think.
Part of self-acceptance is releasing other people’s opinions. Many of the things we choose or have chosen to believe about ourselves have absolutely no basis in truth.
Whenever any feelings of inadequacy present themselves I remind myself that they started with me thinking negative thoughts – “stinkin thinkin”. Meditation has made me more aware that these thoughts are only words strung together. And, that these thoughts are just part of the 60 to 80 thousand other thoughts floating in my mind. They have no meaning whatsoever. I AM the one, the only one, who gives them meaning. I choose right here and right now in this precious sacred moment what kind of meaning to give them.
This is an area in my life that I continually work on and proud to say have grown exponentially in! My tools are affirmations, the pattern interrupt breath and my ritualized meditation practice.
We can use the pattern interrupt breath throughout our day to take a “time in.” We...