holiday relief

Happy Holidays All!

Wow, what a ride it has been! And, what a relief to know that no matter what, we are always moving forward. We are perpetually pre-paving our now moments in this very moment. It kind of works like this… When we are in angst we are creating angst in the now. When we are in peace we are creating a much better feeling. Meditation helps us get a grip on the feeling of our now moment which perpetuates the next now feeling and the next and the next. Meditation help us to notice and interrupt the pattern, jumping the thought rut, which then offers us the feeling of calm and relief.

It’s only natural to feel down on occasion but when we meditate we notice it. When we notice we are no longer the slave to it. When we meditate our brain changes. We are able to redirect more and more easily the thoughts we are perpetuating. What a relief!

Do it! Do it! Do it! Meditate! Meditate! Meditate! Take 5 minutes to start, preferably first thing in the morning. Relax, close your eyes and breathe. Maybe listen to a ticking clock or the hum of a heat source. I like to zero in on the tone in my ears combined with the in and out of my natural breath. At first you may only be able to sustain the focus for a few seconds before the world creeps into your mind. When that happens, and it will – probably a lot at first – just bring your focus back to your drishti – your point of focus. Do it daily – not many times a day – just day after day after day. It gets easier and easier and our life changes for the better. You’ll see. It’s only natural.

finest hours

To quote a line in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, “…Throughout our history America’s darkest days have always been followed by its finest hours.” I’ve had it pretty good lately. Especially for someone who, a few months ago, stopped practicing what she preached. Things felt a little rocky. I started reminding myself to just breathe baby breathe even if only for a few minutes. The rest of the time I’m trying to be mindful and appreciate the heck out of things. When I picked up the stick again, seemed in an instant everything changed, reshaped and improved upon the improvements! It never ends!

Meditation, silent meditation particularly, automatically creates mindfulness. If you are reading this you likely have some kind of meditation practice going. I find that adding a silent practice, with consecutive minutes of focusing on the breath, gives us exponential benefit. Our brains literally morph, changing shape enabling a happy life experience. When I’m in the pits I can be mindful of it. The finest hours are at hand. With a few minutes of focusing on the breath, bingbangboom I’m in a better feeling place!

I’ve noticed it’s as though we create a reservoir of sorts that holds limitless energy and wellness to flow easily through life. Even when we’re in a meditation dry spell we can pull from the reservoir. I am amazed at how naturally endurance and resilience and unencumbered fortitude is at our fingertips. Moving forward, we are now in our finest hours. Meditate and make the most of it. It’s only natural.