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Making a Contribution

Everybody wants to help but we’re not sure how. “I can’t afford to donate a school, maybe a couple of books but what does that do,” we’re thinking, not even sure you can take care of yourself you say. What if one of the ways it’s possible to change the world doesn’t require a donation of cash? It’s helpful, but if you don’t have a ton of it as apparently 99% don’t then it may not be an option. But, we all want to be a contributor. Right? Of course we do. Consider the concept of concentric circles. You are the center of the circle. Change the center circle. Change the world. It’s as simple and as powerful as that. Hmmm. Right. Sit with it for a while.

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Starting Line

Nothing happens if you don’t take the first step.  Running.  Flossing.  Healthy Eating. Meditation.  We all want to do it.  It appies to all endeavors in life. You think those Olympians started out that good? Here’s a meditation to help you take the first step.  It’s beautifully simple, courtesy of MC Chopra.  http://www.chopra.com/meditationchallenge-freetolove-dloffer

Cute title right?  It’s also the name of an athletic shoe store in Venice/Marina del Ray

You’re welcome;-) D

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Olympic Note

“You are prepared.  Everything you need is within you.”  Okay so I was watching Olympic beach volleyball and that’s what Misty May and Kerry Wash’s sports psychologist said to them before their match against the Italians.  It sounded so new age-y.  I loved it.  “The force is with you,” kind of thing.  Plus, I finished the latest 21 Day Meditation Challenge today so I was feeling very accomplished.  The focus of this latest challenge was about love.  Who doesn’t want or need more of that!

Wouldn’t it be great to have your own sports psychologist to give you lovely words of wisdom every time you’re about to do something important.  Perhaps a daily meditation would help you develop your inner cheerleader.  Lovely words of wisdom floating in your subconscious, bubbling forth when you need them.  Nice.

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Waterfall Meditation

 

Enjoy

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Quietude

   How do I know this thing is working?  The  deeper I go the more I know.  Sounds mysterious, but I can feel it working.  Remember, I‘m the one who lives my life intuitively.  I want to find out how much I can change my life with meditation so the practice continues.  When I first started meditating I had no expectations.  I still don’t.  So, I was really surprised when I started to cry. I think it was about a month in. I thought it was a one time thing.  It wasn’t.  I think it took me about four days before I realized that it was something that was going to continue for awhile.  I stopped meditating in the morning because I didn’t want to go to work upset.   I was letting go. Maybe I should say, the deeper I go the more I let go.  I kept getting the tears for more than three months.

 Meditation is a great way to explore that part of yourself that seems unreachable.     

  I love what meditation has done for me so far so or but I want more.  I want a lot more.  I want peace of mind.  Is that possible?  I’m determined to find out.  I’m feeling like there’s more something that I need to let go.  I feel that because I can see that there are patterns in my life I continue to repeat and I want to let them go.  I’ve seen progress with meditation.  

  Redemption Song.   “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery” Bob Marley.  Not a reggae fan?  Me not so much, but so many people have sung that song. It’s been stuck in my head for almost two week now so I kind of feel like I’m on the right track.

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Intuition

I am definitely a person who lives my life intuitively.  Why? Um umh.  I don’t really know how to spell that so there you go.  It’s the slang for “I don’t know.” At least that’s what I was going for.  Intuitively right, back to it. I live my life intuitively meaning that I go with what feels right.  It’s what led me to meditation.  It’s what led me to becoming a vegetarian.  It’s what led me to purchase that car, those clothes, those shoes, vitamins, that college.  Yep, it affects every part of my life.

Meditation makes my intuition better.   Do I know the how of this?  Again, um umh.  I just experience it and as I meditate more I experience it more profoundly. I love going to the bookstore or the library and picking something intuitively.  I don’t know if it works for lottery numbers though because I  don’t play, perhaps intuitively I know I shouldn’t.

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Stillness

Stillness.  The space between thoughts.  I’m curious to know what time spent in that space feels like.  Is it a space or is it a feeling.  Does it feel like home?  Who’s been there and who can tell me what it feels like? Nah.  I want to find out for myself.  That’s why I continue to meditate.  The idea that stillness lies within intrigues me.  It intrigues me enough to continue with a meditation practice for more than a year now.   I’m curious enough to keep going so I can find out what it’s like to not have a mind filled with the same random thoughts over and over, about the same old things.  “Think something new.” I command myself.  Um, that other voice says, “how do I do that?” How many voices do we have going in here anyway?  No answer…probably a good thing.

Okay, so when you exercise you can push yourself a little harder and you can feel when you’ve pushed too hard so you dial it down.   Feel the burn, blah, blah.  How do you push yourself harder in meditation?  Answer: You don’t.  It’s not that kind of exercise.  So, how do you know things are progressing?

When I first started meditating I practically hyperventilated. It’s hilarious in hindsight but I honestly thought I would never be able to quiet my breath.  Guess what? You don’t have to.  You just pay attention to your breath.  I started to hyperventilate because I was trying to control it.  The key is to just witness it, just breath and pay attention to it.  Yup.  It quiets the mind.  Of course thoughts will come into your head, thousands of them but then you remember, oh I’m meditating and you get back to paying attention to your breath.  It takes time.  it gets easier.  One day you’ll be meditating and you’ll notice that it’s easier than it used to be.  Nice.

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Om x 2

Ooh, I meditated twice today.  Generally speaking that’s supposed to be standard practice but I don’t always do it. I have gotten much benefit from a once daily practice.  Having said that I do pretty regularly meditate more than once a day.  Well, I liked today’s meditation so much this morning I decided to do it again when I got home, using the same guided meditation from today’s challenge.  Honestly, I think I would be darn near psychic if I practiced meditation twice a day everyday.  Hmm reason for me to step up my game!

  You want stress relief?  I always thought the best way to get relief from stress was to be physically active.  Shake it off. Go for a run. Take a walk, so that’s what I did and afterwards I’d enjoy a nice hot shower and it worked to a degree. But, there was always an underlying restlessness that stayed with me.  I only recognize this in hindsight.  Physical activity does relieve the superficial layers of restlessness but the feeling persisted that there was something more, an agitation I didn’t reach. I don’t think I’m alone in that sentiment.  Since I started meditating I have experienced more relief from that restlessness and yet I know there’s more.  Meditation is an attempt to go deeper into a part of ourselves we don’t access easily.  It is a practice worth undertaking.  I continue because I know I can go deeper and I look forward to getting there.  I might discover some genius.

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First Day or Second

Today is the second day of the 21 Day Meditation Challenge presented by the Chopra Center and my first blog post.  Deepak Chopra.  You’ve heard that guy’s name right?  Check out www.chopracentermeditation.com to participate.  Now I’m already a meditator, so for me to participate in a “challenge” is not a challenge at all;-) What I like is the opportunity to participate in some new guided meditations different from the ones I’m currently using, hopefully adding some excitement to my regular routine.  Is it ironic to discuss excitement with meditation which seems like a particularly boring practice anyway?  What would qualify as excitement in a meditation experience?  I decided I wanted to write a blog about it. Ugh, yet another blog. Yup.

I got the idea for my blog on the first day of the challenge, a result of the meditation, who knows? So, today it starts.  What I really wanted to do is share my experience with meditation.  I recommend it, but I have yet to have someone tell me they took my advice.   “It changed my life.” I imagine someone telling me as they hug me tearfully…hasn’t happened yet.  I’m still waiting.  Meditation makes me very patient.

The actual act of meditation is a very quiet practice.  You’re breathing, possibly focused on a phrase, called a “mantra” or an actual physical object like a candle and then you’re done, five, ten minutes, fifteen, twenty, thirty your choice.  Quiet right?  Shhhh.

I started meditating because although my life was okay something didn’t feel quite right.  I didn’t have any major problems but I felt like I could be happier or at least less agitated. That was more than a year ago and I haven’t stopped since.  I count my blessings every day.  I know that things are okay when I meditate. I’m less restless and I don’t panic, that is probably the greatest gift I’ve gotten from a meditation practice…so far. Lots of things have happened since I started my practice and I’ll discuss those as time goes by.  I will end by saying, I feel lucky to have discovered it and yes I do recommend it.

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