I hate to meditate. Hate it. I sit down, set the timer, and every single day it’s the same freaking shit storm in there. Mind spinning every which way, or else catching myself before the face-plant into unconsciousness. When the timer goes off, I think: Well, that was a flipping mess. And then go on … Continue reading I Hate To Meditate
We tend gardens. And children. And some of us tend to the sick. Today I tended to my bills, my accounts, my business. I watered the plants, switched the pictures around on the walls, dusted the sills, folded all the blankets and lined them up neatly on the rack. I tended my meditation practice, and … Continue reading Tending Things
It was a good week. I feel especially happy about my morning practice at the studio. I have a home practice area, but the studio is really sweet. I love the gleaming hardwood floors, the skylights, even the smell which is combination of floor polish, and witch hazel. I practiced by myself for the most … Continue reading A Good Yoga Week
I want to start another streak. A yoga streak. I need to get my personal practice back. Bad. The other day I subscribed to Udaya so that I would have lots of classes to choose from and no excuses. My pre-streak started today when I woke up, took a hot shower, slathered myself in coconut … Continue reading How many streaks are too many?
Remember Freeze Tag? If someone tagged you, you had to stand like a statue until someone “unfroze” you. Yeah. So here’s what you do: You take a timer (I like this one) and set it for 10 minutes. Sit down in a chair and try not to move a muscle for 10 minutes. When the … Continue reading Sit Down. Shut Up. Don’t Move.
This morning during my meditation, I was forced to confront the fact that my project has slowed down. (Who am I kidding? It has come to a halt. Not a screeching halt. Just a quiet, rubbery thud of a halt. Which is the worst kind: a thud can go unnoticed, but a screech gets your … Continue reading 4 Goals For The Next 12 Weeks
Everyone has an unlived dream inside them. Everyone. I have never met a single person who did not have an unlived dream. Most people spend the majority of their time trying to distract themselves from their unlived dream because they believe that they can't live it, and that thought gives them a lot of pain … Continue reading The Unlived Dream
When I first learned how to meditate, I was told to do it with my eyes open. The danger of falling asleep or daydreaming was too great if you closed your eyes, they said. And they were right. But an "eyes open" practice has its own pitfalls-- namely, the stuff on the floor. When you … Continue reading On The Floor
I've been obsessed with Pinterest lately. It's making me aware of things I like, things that make me happy, and places I would love to visit. But mostly, Pinterest has been making me think of things. Except that it's not things that make me happy. Mostly what makes me happy are when "conditions" are right. … Continue reading 17 Things I Need To Be Happy
All of my little rituals each take 20 minutes. For example: It takes me about 20 minutes to write 750 words. I set my Insight Timer for 20 minutes when I meditate. It takes me 20 minutes to do my little circuit on the MU Stadium steps. Funny, how in a mere 20 minutes I … Continue reading 20 Minutes A Day