Discovering the power of a clearly set intention.
Last week, I promised myself I would begin just sitting every morning, using awareness of my breath to quiet my mind and extend lovingkindness and compassion to myself.
I was especially mindful that I avoid turning meditation into a big thing that would invite procrastination. My intention is to practice daily for a month, creating a Ritual.
For the most part, the first steps of meditation practice have gone pretty well.
I discovered a beautiful CD by Jack Kornfield, a teacher of mindfulness meditation, that guides me to centering myself in my heart and on my breath, traditional lovingkindness practice. I love this CD, and found it helps me to focus.
Some days, the process flows beautifully, and I feel peaceful and relaxed. One special day, I met and embraced a lost part of me who needs my acceptance, my love and compassion.
Often, my mind is busy with worry and distracting thoughts. I am learning to gently remind myself this is why meditation is truly a practice, and I return to my breath and the space between the stream of thoughts.
In the past, my intention to meditate was derailed by Busy Mind, as I told myself I wasn’t doing it right, that meditation was too hard. Now, I find any attempt to let go of my perfectionistic tendencies is enormously helpful. Learning to be, not to do.
My intention, to just sit each morning and to learn to live from the inside out, has drawn to me exactly what I need now.
I am grateful to Havi Brooks, and her delightfully witty, wisdom-filled blog, The Fluent Self, and for her generous link to Hiro Boga. I have immersed myself in Hiro’s program, How to Rule Your World From the Inside Out, and I am blessed by an exquisite garden of Being and Presence–“Sovereignity of Your Inner World“. Both women are a truly gifted healers and teachers.
*Photo: My mare and I were once guests at this beautiful stable in another State.
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