Deep breath in to the tippy top, holding briefly and a strong exhale out the mouth. Allow a sigh. One more time – inhale and exhale. Now, just breathe normally noticing the rush of air coming in and going out. Just noticing. At the beginning of a practice, meditation students are often instructed to silently ask themselves three simple questions.
Now, in your mind, as you breathe ask yourself, ‘who am I?’ breathing in and out, ‘who am I?’ very gently offering the question – breathing in and breathing out. Next question, ‘what do I want?’ And, again breathing in and breathing out, ‘what do I want?’. Ever so easy, ever so natural ask yourself ‘what is my dharma/purpose? What is my purpose/how may I serve?’ And then, let the questions go, breathing in and breathing out. Inhale in the luscious air, savoring it and then exhaling out what no longer serves you.
How easy is that? Very! Now you have launched your practice for the day. Enjoy the peace of natural breath for a few minutes more. Make the best of the rest of your day and watch what comes. ‘Seek (the good stuff) and ye shall find.’ It’s only natural.
We all know the process. Look for and identify your negatives, make amends and then move on. What typically happens though is we forget to move on. Once those self admonitions are pinpointed we tend to bring them up over and over again. They become excuses. We rarely let ourselves off the hook and usually stay in that disconcerting feeling of unworthiness. It is quite common. Even the 12 steps, as well meaning as they are, keeps one in the swirl of self-deprecation. We are well trained into believing that this is life and without the constant recognition of our pitfalls we are doomed to repeat them. Unfortunately, that mind game constipates our thinking and literally makes us sick. It’s time to recognize your worthiness.
Incorporating a good quality source of fiber into our diets really moves things along, doesn’t it. We are relieved and feel much better as we go about our day. When our physical-ness is well nourished life takes on a whole new lilt. We feel free and easy and light and productive and worthy. What usually happens though is we gradually slide back into our old habits. We regress without noticing that our bodies are starting to return to its familiar lethargic pace. It’s only when we struggle to move that we consciously take action and begin the process all over again – back and forth, back and forth.
Meditation is like fiber for our mind. The movement that is mindfulness tends to maintain a wonderful ease and flow that we all appreciate. In meditating for just a few minutes every day we become equipped to recognize when we are returning to the usual grind. Once mindfulness kicks in we never again go back to our old ways without noticing. Life improves, our worthiness and value grows and enhances. The load is lifted and progress comes to us with regularity. Our sense of self continues to brighten and lighten.
Enjoy a balanced diet with mind fiber by adding the simple act of silent, breathing meditation, 5 to 20 minutes a day. The resulting mindfulness flushes out all that stinkin’ thinkin’. It mucks out the stalls and makes room for healthy advancements. We never again feel obligated to bring up all the old stuff. We truly forgive ourselves and let it go. Our bodies respond in kind. Meditate and enjoy your daily dose of mind fiber. It’s only natural.
We’ve heard it said that we are what we eat. In a similar way or more accurately stated, we are what we think. Oddly, we have that option – to think. When the average person wakes in the morning chances are their first consumption of sustenance for the day does not include highly toxic poison. Most of us have enough innate self-preservation to avoid instant death. It is not something we really think about, is it? Did you know that when kicking any perceived habit or addiction that it takes only 3 days for your cells to adjust? All the rest of it is in your head. It’s all about how you think. And boy, do we ever think. For most people, we think the same thoughts over and over and over again. When a thought is thought often enough it transforms into a belief. And boy oh boy, do we ever have beliefs!
We often believe everything we are told by the so called experts. We rely on the information we see on the boob tube and the chatter we hear in the media. We mindlessly abide by the prescribed instructions of our pharmaceutical and corporate masters. We ultimately surrender our natural innate abilities to think for ourselves. It’s all so normal.
When was the last time you woke up feeling good and in a state of appreciation? We wake with the same vibe that we go to sleep with. Most people watch some form of cnn (constantly negative news) just before going to bed. We usually turn on the news first thing in the morning and infuse our thought patterns with ugliness. We even subject our beautiful, impressionable children to this normal programming, this intensive bombardment of omg ugly. We absorb highly bogus information under the guise of need to know, otherwise what would we have to talk about and get angry about and wrestle with.
We have long ago surrendered our personal discretion when it comes to thinking for ourselves. In mindfulness we become aware of the types of poisons that surround us and we have the ability to take a pass. For all the illness in the world there is just as much and even more wellness. When we meditate we enable ourselves to naturally tap into that side of life. We start knowing what it feels like to be happy. The morning and evening rituals change shape and the boob tube fades away into personal intolerance.
We absolutely can tip the scales of global ugliness. The way to do that is to be picky about what you allow into your mind. Imagine how our world would be if we took the time to meditate rather than infuse our minds with ugliness. Mindfulness would run rampant! We would see a shift in the very fickle media. When we meditate we naturally clean the lens of our minds. We remember our natural innate abilities. We return to our human being-ness allowing the human doing-ness to naturally fade away. Try it. You’ll see. Meditation is the ultimate remedy. It’s only natural.
I loved my car. It was a 2001 Audi A8, 4.2 liter, the perfect green with Luxury all the way. I bought it used with only 25,000 miles on it. All-Wheel Drive, Triptronic transmission, with a salvage title; it was in near perfect condition. The guys at work called it a ‘swimmer’ because it was taken from the edge of an insurance-designated flooded lot.
I was thrilled to be driving a car like this and enjoyed much long distance travel. In detailing the interior, deep inside a crevasse I found a paper placard. Carrying a literal watermark, it was rippled dry as a bone. It indicated that this car very likely transported dignitary types in Washington DC. For the first few months I would find some new feature that would delight to no end. The car had every state of the art option available that year and a few custom features as well. The original book value, new in 2001, was well over $65,000. Man oh man, could that thing cruise!
Sometimes it’s the things you don’t see that make all the difference. The side impact was severe. What would normally have been an extremely violent and likely deadly situation was diffused, literally, by crumple zones – custom crumple zones. We live in a space in time here on Earth. I’m discovering that in life we are surrounded by crumple zones. Time is the biggest crumple zone of all. If you follow my ramblings here at TCA you can only imagine the condition of ‘my second toe’ had it not been for crumple zones. ‘Improvement is steady’ in crumple zones. Now, I’m ready – for all the great features of my Audi with the size and height of my pick-up truck – cream colored please.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you – I am beyond thrilled and highly grateful for your interest and support in this work with no name. Thank you for enduring the many edits, glitches and overall learning curve as TCA continues to polish and take shape. It’s like doing summer reading in preparation for the new school year.
Staying with my self-bestowed birthday gift of ‘putting myself out there’ I notice myself reverting to old patterns. What I love about that is the noticing part because by noticing I can change my mind. I love directing my focus. I like deciding.
I love the idea of joining the list of HuffPost Bloggers. I can see my titles on the NewYorkTimes best-seller list. I hear my quasi mentorLouise Hay saying to me, ‘Welcome to the HayHouse community!’ And, I can feel once again, that big beautiful bear hug that only Dr. Wayne Dyer provides (and if you’ve ever had one, you know what I’m talkin’ about). How’s that for putting myself out there? It’s all about the journey and I’m realizing ‘HEY, THIS IS REALLY FUN!’
Thank you, pioneering friends for helping me plant the seeds of who knows what. May this work serve in ways that universally enhances all life experience. It’s only natural.
‘Improvement is steady’ had been my main mantra for the past several years. It is amazing how powerfully it has served me. Life breezes along and the direction of thought is the steering wheel. Improvement from what you may ask. Improvement from how I feel now. I’m a happy person most of the time. It is fun to beat the drum of happiness. Happiness has momentum. Allowing happiness into life comes with a feeling of exhilaration. It’s only natural.
Shifting of thought becomes self evident. Once we’re used to feeling good the only work left to do is to feel even better. Practice being mindful of your train of thought and consciously steer toward the better and better feeling. This leads to even more happiness. Like the folding of a sheet of paper 45 times and reaching the moon, the exponential effect, even with any temporary contrast, is way more than palpable; it is divine.
When we commune within for just a few minutes a day, it is like tasting a spoonful of the most delicious delectable you’ve ever had. Go for it! Happiness is absolutely safe.