Here Now

Today is the first day of the rest of our meditation practice. I will be practicing mostly daily. As I start my meditation, I will be thinking about all of you meditating too—whatever that practice shapes up to be for you.

I will bring you these Here Now meditations periodically, so that we can continue our practice together and check in with each other from time to time. I plan to do a variety of lengths so that you can play a video that fits the amount of time you would like to practice with me on any particular day. Today’s meditation is 10 minutes.

Let me know what you think below in the comments.

I will see you next time~

Day Twenty

We’ve arrived.

Today is the last formal day of our Journey. I plan to check in with you here and there to see how things are going…for all of us, and I’m starting with a little bonus meditation tomorrow. I couldn’t go this far with you and just drop off the page.

Going forward, I hope to bring you a range of “here and now” meditations from different places. Each one will be some number of minutes between one and 20 (though mostly 5 to 10 minutes) so that we can share meditation together when and where you need, or would like to have it.

Things to remember:

  1. Be kind to yourself
  2. Observe your breath, whatever it is just notice (you will develop the awareness to do this outside of meditation too).
  3. There is nothing to achieve or do, just allow yourself to be.

Thank you for joining, for meditating with me, for supporting this sharing of what has been until this point a very private practice for me. Know that I intend to keep this 20 Day Journey on this site, so you can go back to the beginning anytime to start again. Or meditate for any number of minutes by going to the video of the corresponding number day in “Meditation Journey” under “Categories” on the right side of the page.

Please post your questions and comments below.

Day Nineteen

Allowing the process

Every day is different. I understand that I am not alone in finding that bringing meditation into my daily life is a process. Participating each day in active meditation, or not, it needn’t be a source of frustration or “should.” With kindness and regard for myself, I am allowing and watching it unfold day by day. This, too, is something to accept without judgment.

When I meditate, I ge2016DMJnerally have a journal beside me so that after meditation, when I am moved to, I can write or draw thoughts and impressions. I am looking forward to using this delightful “Daily Musings Journal,” from Mountain Mermaid Studios, as a record for 2016 meditations. There are still a limited number available if you are interested in something like this for your meditations…or other journalations.

I look forward to joining you tomorrow for the last formal day of our 20 day journey. How ever you have participated in this journey, you are moving forward on your meditation path and there is so much there/here to be grateful for.

How are you feeling about your meditation journey? I would love to hear from you below.

Day Eighteen

When feelings bubble up ~

It is completely natural to have times when feelings bubble up during meditation, including unpleasant ones, after all we are paying attention.

In my experience, that paying attention helps uncover the very things that need addressing—and it wouldn’t feel right to cover them up again.

Many times, for me, the awareness of how to care for those unpleasant feelings arises too. Sometimes it has meant doting a bit on certain parts of me, breathing into those spaces; my stomach, bones, joints, or heart, giving them kindness and love, and listening to them—really. Sometimes this has meant seeking the help of professionals.

For all of us, caring for ourselves is the kindest thing we can do: it affects our whole being, how we relate to others, and our world.

Do you have any thoughts to share? I would love to hear from you below.

I’ll see you tomorrow ~