Looks like this was a lighting design by Guthrie!
Looks like this was a lighting design by Guthrie!
I don’t know why everybody makes meditation such a serious, and arduous endeavor. Personally, I think everybody has their own natural way to meditate within- and is simply our job to find what works for us individually. Meditation is one of those things, it is not complex, it does not take a great amount of effort, it is not meant to be perfectly serious, and there is no perfect way to do it. Some will pick it up more easily than others, and some will always struggle with it. But it’s not impossible, for everyone to benefit from- in fact, meditation is something we all do unconsciously already. It is through all of these advanced studies that we better learn to use it, and use it well. We are only training our minds to find a space of peace, and hold it for a few minutes. Over time, we build on that few minutes- second by second, and then it becomes like second nature- more enjoyable, and bringing deeper periods of vitality for all.
To begin, meditation is not hard- it is just a big word that is used to describe a feeling that we want to feel but haven’t made it to yet. Here are a few strategies that help many to feel more comfortable, center, and move forward with their personal meditation goals.
Now, Excercise Music Meditation
This is my favorite by far of all the options I’ve tried, and for me, it is what works the best. Get out your smartphone, laptop, iPad, tablet or another source- and play a good youtube music meditation. Choose your style wisely as some of these videos are so greatly helpful and so greatly annoying too. High pitched tones, or low pitched tones are a good place to start- choosing which you need right now is important. But have at least one go to, that you feel is most suitable for you. Personally, I try to stay away from the more complicated seeming kinds- as they tend to use a lot of distracting high pitches. It is a scientific fact that these high pitches can be very distracting to your ears, whereas the low pitches and tones will be more gentle to you.
So, now you have 4 exercises to try at home, at work, or at school- in your car, in your doctor’s office, or even on your way to bed. Meditation does not have to be so complicated that we get ourselves all worked up and overly concerned about how we are doing it, and if we are doing right or wrong- or somewhere in between. It should not be a stressful process at all, in fact, if it is feeling stressful to you at all if it is raising your anxiety to take a step back and decide if you can approach it differently. Everybody has their own way of finding peace, creating peace, being one, being relaxed. Everyone is different. Let yourself find the style that suits you best- and stick to that, then build on it. You want to make it to about a half an hour, or less of meditation a day to treat difficult anxiety or stress. But you don’t have to meditate two or three hours each day to gain perfection and those that do often struggle with it.
My friend, Amanda making it on her own now! This is her story. I suggested she take an audition this year with some of my local community theater and spiritual contacts. Several local churches, and other organizations all pitched in and held auditions for this night of miracles. She was chosen, one of 100- to speak with a small group of 6 or more people who spoke that night.
She needs an agent! Nothing’s gonna stop this girl.
Ushi Shiki Ryho : Second Degree, working on level 3/Mastering
No matter how deep you choose to plunge, or if you simply sit at the surface-Venus retrograde is a magical time for everyone. It is a time to reflect, to cleanse, to clear, and to attune yourself to the truth of love. Venus retrograde will take you to the heights of your best self, and plunge you into a deep understanding of her wisdom. Should you choose to engage her, she will test your strength and push you to see the love in the darkest of places. In every moment of ordinary, venus teaches us to feel again. To trust again. And eventually, to love again- and again, and again.
Venus grants us the great opportunity to look at love differently during retrograde, to help us resolve issues of the past, and to grant us some extra help in moving towards healthier and more loving experiences down the road. Always grant your gratitude when working with Venus, whether it is for the wisdom of the blunders we have all made in love- or even just for her loving energy in this transition. Give her a chance, let her in your heart, and she will help you shine.
You can smell the years of pain, sacrifice, and commitment have not faded from the shoulders of this living room chair. The large leather arm chair in the center of our living room, holds the key to all the great leaders of our family, carries the weight of every generation, and grants a bit of wisdom in it’s distress. This space of this chair in all it’s comfort begs the question: are we really listening?
The impact of listening on different generations.
Over the many generations of this family, ranging in ages from 1 to 70, there are two things that are unavoidably true- we do not know how to talk to one another, and we do not know how to actively listen. Our greatest strengths in this generation are also our greatest weaknesses, and technology has taken over where healthy family conversation once prevailed.
We are letting down our great grandparents, and their dreams for us- of unity. Where has their wisdom gone? We have stopped welcoming them. We have stopped sharing the stories of their sacrifices, the legend of their lost loves, and the love that they brought us. We have all become lost, and we don’t know how to communicate or listen with empathy not because we were not taught, because we have forgotten to use and nurture wisdom not just intelligence.
How do we get back to the heart of our own hearths? How do we find ourselves and each other again, in this sea of self-perpetuated distraction? How do we re-learn how to talk to each other when we are hurting, how do we teach ourselves again how to listen with compassion? These are the things that we have lost touch with in our great act of growing up. We have forgotten to be humans being.
The only way we will ever find each other, is to become one with our connection to the community again. Whether we use technology to improve our connection to our greater tribes or to avoid them, is up to each of us. Get up, go out for a walk. Get to know your neighbors. Take one step at a time. Sit down and talk to your aging parents, and appreciate their stories. When your kids want to go to the park, take them every day that you can. Give them toys that don’t require a TV, or a movie to get through. Spend time with each other. We all have a place in our own sense of tribe, and community to find and nurture.
Our ancestors knew we have a great obligation to our tribe to support one another, yet these youngest generations have been taught to serve themselves first- often to the detriment of the greater needs of the community. Here as givers, for Happy the App our choices may be challenged at times- and we are learning to serve. If we can reach these generations that like this arm chair- hold up our spirits, we can reach the whole world.
As the snow falls today, I am reminded that there is a great peace in knowing who you are. A few inches should fall before morning, and I will be myself watching from my sleepy eyes out the window to take in the last few bursts of white billowing specks for the season.