all in

Perhaps it feels like the world is going crazy.   It has become too loud.  Too frustrating.  People are angry and confused.  Things seem scattered.

Pause.  Breathe.  Close your eyes and quiet yourself.   Find that place of calm inside of you where there is no frustration, anger or confusion.

Meditate this new moon to be all in.  That no matter where you are, you are not distracted and do not get caught up in the noise.  That you, from your place of peace, can be completely present but not sucked into the drama and chaos.

Focus on what is right in front of you instead of starting anything new.  See the ground beneath your feet.  Feel it.  Experience it.  Connect and center yourself.  This is exactly where you are supposed to be.  Right.  Now.

 

stress test

Where do you hold your stress?  Typical points are the head, neck and shoulders.  Backaches, neck pain, headaches.  Tension builds up to a point where it is physically painful and our bodies tell us “stop”.

Since I started meditating regularly, my aches and pains have decreased.  I still do carry more tension in me than I’d like.  Several times throughout the day it helps to simply pause and breathe.   Posture counts with this technique but ordinarily I actually mediate lying down.  If you’re going to pause and breathe, sit up straight and breathe normally for a few breaths.  Inhale, exhale.  When you’re comfortable, take a deep breath in slowly through your nose.  The goal is to fill your lungs entirely.  Visualize them filling up from the bottom up.  Fill your lungs up with air all the way to the top.  Then slowly exhale through your mouth.  Push all the air out from the top to the bottom.  And relax.  You may experience a sense of lightheadedness so do not move around too quickly.

A sure way to tell if you’re carrying too much stress (I use this as a test all the time).  You think you’re relaxed, right?  Not too stressed, right?  Have everything under control.  So relax.  Let your shoulders droop and tilt your head from side to side.  Can you do it – without stiffness or pain?  Here’s another:  As you relax, pay attention to the muscles in your face.  In particular, your jaws.  If you have to consciously remind yourself to relax your jaw muscles, you are carrying too much stress.

Pause.  And breathe.

the perfect moment

The gnawing in my gut is becoming an all too familiar feeling.  I don’t want to adapt to it.  It’s not normal.

During my break today (I work from home), I was able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.  I cleared debris from the parsley and cilantro plots and sprinkled seeds.  Both plots are doing really well but there were some sparse areas I hope will fill in through the season.  My daughter was playing with the ducklings in the wading pool.  The cats were playing in the tall grass.  Birds chirping, bees buzzing.  A slightly cool day but in the sunshine it was just warm enough.  The moment is perfect.  So I took a deep breath and  put everything else in the background.  And I soaked it in.  Perfect.  A perfect moment.  I   savored it, trying to make it last for as long as possible.

Take a break when you need to.  Put it all on pause.  Enjoy that perfect moment for as long as it lasts.

If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. ❧ Alan Watts

smudge

Today’s events leave my mind a whirl and my thoughts blurry.  A gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach.  I do not like conflict.  I will not post politically here (did that, over it).  That is not why I do this.  Suffice to say, today I used a whole sage smudge bundle to get even the slightest results I was hoping for.  And even after a successful meditation, I’m still left feeling uneasy.  I’ll meditate again before going to bed later.  I’ll have to.

A very productive day, nonetheless, we had the ducklings outside in the wading pool.  They absolutely loved it.  And we had a wonderful time watching them play in the water.  I planted  5 flats and  6 pots of seeds (squash, chilies, beans, sunflowers, basil, cumin, cardamom).  The baby tomato plants are doing exceptionally well and thriving.  Some of our kale, dill and cabbage plants have gotten stronger.  I do love this time of year.  Thank you, Mother Nature for reminding me and showing me the hope in my heart that gets sometimes buried under the upheaval in the world.

I wish you peace.  Find it.  Hold on to it.  In lak’ech.