Tag Archives: meditation

Still Enough

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The inner critic creeps up
and tries to interrupt
the flow of peaceful thoughts
that now stream through my mind
quite regularly after years of meditation practice,
prayer, determination, effort,
discipline, will, twelve-step meetings,
coaching, and therapy.
I turn around and look at the critic.
Oh. You again?
Yeah. It’s me. You still suck. You’re terrible.
Ah, my dear. Let me hold you.
Let me rock you.
Let me tell you how loved you are.
Let me show you how,
even after all this time,
you are still enough.

Can’t Control How I Grow

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I was sitting in meditation earlier today
and it occurred to me
that the self of my future
won’t suffer from my current problems,
because I will have outgrown them.
But then I realized, I’ll have new problems.
I wondered what my new problems will be
when I’ve outgrown my current ones.
And then I realized I’m looking forward
to the different problems I’ll have
when I’ve outgrown my current ones
.
Well…time to start growing faster!
Time to start growing better!
Time to start growing more intentionally,
and productively and strategically and—
wait, what?
I can’t control how I grow?
I guess I’ll just take a deep breath,
and rest in gratitude for what is here now.

What I Heard in the Forest

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I went to pray
in the green cathedral
of the forest today.
I breathed,
and my heart was open.
I sat, surrounded
by the symphony of life,
birdsong, wind,
rock, moss, ferns, earth,
water, trees…
I felt so blessed
to soak in this beauty,
this perfection of life,
of being.
I asked for the truth
to be revealed to me.
This is what I heard:

You are the one and only instrument of creation.
You are consciousness, and I love you.
I love all the ways you express yourself,
the myriad forms you assume to create
the tapestry of existence!
I celebrate you today,
exactly as you are,
pure consciousness,
light of being.

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 10

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Ah…today’s NaPoWriMo prompt invites us to try our hand at writing a hay(na)ku, which is sort of like a haiku, except the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three. Well, let’s do this…

Hay(na)ku for Easter

Easter
No family
Going it alone

Easter
Virtual family
Zoom Video Chat

Easter
Mystical path
Meditate all day

Easter
Party time
Box of wine

Easter
Faith online
Viva la internet

Easter
Spring rebirth
Hallelujah, rising sun.
🦋🐤🐣🐰💐🌷🌸🌞



And one more bonus hay(na)ku, from the unemployed yoga teacher…

Just Do It

Respiration:
Breathe in,
Breathe out. Repeat.

Get Crackin’

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Knowing that we will all eventually
be met with the same unavoidable end,
I’d like to live in such a way
that if the end came suddenly
then I could go in peace,
feeling complete with what I have done,
how I have given and received love.
Being honest with myself,
I can see I have a long way to go
before such peace is attained.
Looks like I better get crackin’.

Breath of the Cosmos

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I keep reminding myself to breathe

a little more deeply

to soften my belly

and open my heart

and trust in this moment

My mind wants to learn a new way

where relaxation is the norm.

My body remembers some ancient trauma

that my grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother remembered

and it needs to be convinced

that it’s safe to relax.

This opening into being has no beginning and no end, only limitless bliss for those

brave enough to walk the path.

May I be blessed with courage to allow Spirit

to express its fullness through me,

serving love in open hearted devotion,

relaxed into the deepest breath of the cosmos.

The Universe Within

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When the tethers of the predefined
rendition of everyday, 3-D existence
are momentarily loosened and my
vision is freed,
I can see that
the ordinary everyday consciousness that we have
leaves out more than it takes in.*

And my prayer is:
Reveal to me the truth
that I may embody
for the highest good of all beings.

And I remember
breathing is enough.
So I breathe
and my consciousness returns
to the place I love to be,
the reason I practice…
the vast universe within.






*—Alan Watts

Gratitude, Day 36 of 48: Healing

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One day he said, “I want a divorce”

and went down to sleep in the basement.

I thought I would die.

I didn’t.

I lost sleep, I lost weight.

He moved out.

He introduced our children to his girlfriend.

I thought I would die.

I didn’t.

I asked why God would let me suffer.

I worked hard.

I secured a rental home in my kids’ school district.

I kept praying and meditating.

I want it to get easier.

I want the healing to go faster.

It won’t.

Life takes its time.

Healing takes its time.

My job is to surrender now.

Gratitude, Day 31 of 48: Discipline

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Spirit: Time to get up and meditate.
Mind: Nope. I wanna sleep in.
Spirit: Time to get up and meditate.
Mind (whining): But I wanna just be comfyyyyyyy.
Spirit: Get up and meditate. Now.
Body (silently) gets up, gets dressed, goes downstairs
and meditates.
Takeaway: Spirit always wins, thanks to discipline.

Gratitude: Day 17 of 48

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For the longest time I fought against reality.

I didn’t want my life to change.

My marriage ended; I held on.

My family was dissolving; I held on.

People no longer spoke to me; I grieved.

It wasn’t until I sat in stillness that I realized

I was complicating my life with my drama.

Once I stopped struggling I could be set free.

Stillness showed me how much room

I have to move.