Every morning I awake, make coffee, let the cat in, the dog out, meditate, write my “Miracles Happen” list, respond to emails, comments etc., and write my blog, and when I have time, read other blogs and make comments there. And then, four days of the week, I get ready to leave the house to face my day.
That’s my morning ritual, except, lately, the meditation part has taken a back seat, it’s slipped from my mental landscape — and that’s not a good thing. I need to meditate. The world needs me to meditate. Meditation soothes my soul, raises my spirits and creates space for miracles everyday.
So…. what is it that keeps me from doing something that is good for me? Something I know makes a difference in the quality of my day?
Exercise. Meditation. Eating healthily. Calling my mother. Journalling. Taking my vitamins.
All of these things feed my soul. All of them use my time wisely. What is it that keeps me from spending time on them?
I read a story recently about a man who was a very ‘famous’ thief. During his career he stole an estimated $10 million in jewellery and other valuables from people on the social register. Unlike Robin Hood of eras past, he did not steal from the rich to give to the poor, he simply stole from the rich because they had more to steal. He was caught, spent 25 years in jail and when released, got a job in a burger joint. That was his life.
When interviewed by a reporter he said he realized, in hindsight, he didn’t just steal from the rich, he stole from himself. He stole his future, the things he could have done to make a difference in the world, the things he might have done to be different in the world.
And he couldn’t get that time back.
When I don’t meditate in the morning, or write in my journal at night, or take my vitamins or any of the other, good for me self-care things I don’t do — I can’t get the lost time, nor the lost benefits of the activity back. I am stealing my well-being from me.
And that makes a difference I don’t want to make in my life. Because when I don’t take positive care of me, I am not creating the greatest possibilities for awe and wonder and beauty in my world each day.
If you don’t meditate, or simply sit in silent contemplation every morning for a few minutes, try this…
Make a commitment that for the next week, starting right now — always begin where you’re at — that you will stop, close your eyes (if your hands on the keyboard simply leave them there, the key is to simply STOP what you’re doing and be still).
Now, deep breath. In. Out. Deep breath. In. Out.
Keep breathing. Relax your shoulders. Your neck. Your body.
Close your eyes!
Focus on your breathing. In……. Out….. In….. Out…..
Focus on the feeling of the air coming in through your nostrils, notice its coolness. Notice how it fills your lungs. Breathe. Slowly. In…. Out….
Count ten breaths in and out. Follow the flow of ten breaths in and out.
Now, open your eyes and continue on.
Do that every day — to begin with, once a day for ten breaths. But, try to add a couple of more exercises throughout the day. Do it three times a day if possible — but commit to doing it once a day for a week.
And then, next week, double the breaths. In….. Out…. 20 times
And if one day you forget, Begin again. Always begin again.
See. I just did it and I feel the benefits of the quiet flowing within me. I feel positive energy moving with grace and ease throughout my being.
Try it. It will make a difference.
and now, I’m off to take my vitamins.
Gotta go. The day is calling me to approach in wild-eyed wonder to the beauty of every moment unfolding with miracles of life all around.