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...
Have you read The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer? Loved it ~highly recommend. I also Loved reading his teachings in Oprah’s new book on how meditation helps him deal with problems (see below).
davidji was the first teacher to introduce me to how "meditation" would help me deal with problems. In order to do that I had to learn how to meditate (checked that box). Next, how to access that space between the trigger and my response and then moving into it (work in progress).
Before learning how to meditate (and practicing mindfulness throughout my day) I was pretty much living on autopilot - reacting without really thinking. Some call that sleep walking through life or living unconsciously. Bascially, that behavior led to me saying and doing things (making choices and decisions) that I ultimately regretted and would then dwell upon! Many times these knee jerk reactions made my so called problems even more difficult to manage. I would like to report that I no longer have "problems" but that...
Wherever we are at this moment is holy ground. It may be a hospital, a prison, a position with lots of responsibilities ~ wherever we are ~ this place is holy ground. This person we’re interacting with is holy.
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...
Here is some wisdom from Wayne Dyer to consider as we move about our day if you’re interested ~
"No one can depress you. No one can make you anxious. No one can hurt your feelings. No one can make you anything other than what you allow inside.”
Resistance immediately came up for me. My ego immediately called bs on this one. No one can hurt my feelings? Only what I allow inside ? Then I got quiet. Took a few pattern interrupt breaths.
This is about Conscious choice making. Becoming more present. Mindfully listening. Clarity. Acceptance. Judgment. Surrender. And on and on.
Taking responsibility for what I allow to flow in and what I decide to flow out.
Another one of the million reasons I am sooo Grateful for my meditation practice.
My practice will help me today slow down how the world flows into me ~ allows me clarity ~ time to interpret what’s flowing in ~ discern nourishment? Distraction? how i feel ~ becoming aware my emotions are in constant flux like clouds ~ I own them I choose my t...
I choose to go to the same gas station around here because it is a “full service” gas station. I prefer not to pump my own gas. This may sound odd to you but I actually begin to feel joy coming over me as I pull up to the pump because I also tip the gas station attendant no matter where I am for their service which makes me feel good. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude that I get to sit comfortably in my car while being “served” in all types of weather. I make it a point no matter what the weather is to keep my window down because I like to chat with the giver of my gift.
Yesterday I pulled into “my” station during 23F degree weather here on Long Island. I put the window down and faced a young man. He was wearing a black knit hat that covered his head but left his face exposed. I “noticed” his coat seemed warm enough but that his gloves were torn. I felt my heart sort of sighing witnessing all of this.
I spoke first and said, good morning, would you fill it please? Sure he r...
Before I became a meditator I felt very alone - even in a crowd or sitting at a table with friends/family - at work or in a meeting ~ more so after my kids left the nest. I knew on a very deep level that I was lonely because I didn’t like the person I was alone with. I was in a state of looking for somebody or something else to fill a void. Then I found my transformational tool~meditation.
I have said many times that meditation saves lives. It saved mine. Just in this one area alone!
Meditation has helped me discover that being alone is not a problem. It doesn’t scare me anymore. I actually find that I need to be alone, that it’s ok ~ it’s safe and an act of self love and care no prescription necessary. Now I need to connect to the silence within.
One of the best gifts meditation has given me is that it has helped me discover that I like my own company!
I love how science is now proving what we as meditation students already know and experience ~ A new study has found evidence to show that there is actually a direct link between nasal breathing and our cognitive functions.
I can literally hear davidji saying, “now, take a long, slow, deep breath in through your nostrils and gently let that go... “
“ Let’s do that again, take a long, slow, deep breath in through your nostrils and gently let that go..”
That technique is one of the very first things I learned from davidji and I remember his answer. In simple easy to understand words he explained exactly what this article speaks to!
part of the article rest can be found at the link indicated below ~
We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have to update this old adage to read “Take a deep breath in it will help you be more emotionally aware but only if you inhale specifically through your n...
A note of gratitude to the woman who came out to learn how to "destressify" Tuesday evening at the Live, Love and Laugh Again: Breast Cancer Support Group meeting at Mather Hospital Northwell Health. Special shout out to Stephanie Crispino for inviting me back. We learned a few "in the moment stress busting techniques", spent time in community sharing and supporting each other and finished our sacred time together in a "Chocolate Meditation." I look forward to returning and going even deeper into how meditation can help us lower our blood pressure, slow our heart rates, slow our breathing, boost our immune system and even help us with pain management! We now know that meditation helps us become a little kinder, more patient, more accepting, better listeners and better choice and decision makers! It is a beautiful act of self-love. And, thank you Cynthia and Rachel for recommending me and for all that you do in service with so much love. Sending you all peace ~