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 ~

Day Seventeen

Two opportunities today

And I’m going to say, if you can only do one, do the other one—you can always come back to this one.

Today, a special live-streaming, online meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn takes place at 4pm Central Time, 2pm Pacific, to wind up The Mindfulness Summit. You can sign up here for the free event.

I will be doing both our meditation and The Mindfulness Summit meditation. Join me for one or both.

Please add your comments below. I would love to hear from you.

I’ll see you tomorrow ~

Day Fifteen

Releasing anxiousness and stress

One of the biggest things I notice when I miss meditation is a feeling of anxiousness. It has become my personal nudge to stop, (even for a few moments if that is all I can manage) check in with my body, breathe into my center forehead, (my preferred breathing focus) and allow some calm to wash over me. I know it’s there, I’ve spent a lot of time with that calm so it doesn’t take long to find it. But to truly feel the calm embedded, I need to stick with regular meditation.

Along with all of the benefits mentioned on Day Eight of our journey, many studies show what meditators feel: that meditation increases circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces the stress response, and improves overall health.

Taking note of our body, part by part at the start of meditation, helps us develop a deeper awareness of our body. As we build the connection, we may notice the source of discomfort, tension, and pain in our bodies. We can breathe into those spaces, listen to and care for our body and the emotional connections held there; letting judgement fall away, and returning to the breath.

Please add your comments below. I would love to hear from you.

I’ll see you tomorrow ~

Day Thirteen


At the beginning of meditation, noticing body, noticing breath, is grounding and brings the focus inside.

Moving deeper into meditation, I begin to feel the breath expanding through my whole body, then moving and flowing just beyond what feels like my physical body: it feels like my breath expands beyond me. Like dipping into the ocean, I become part of a larger, continuous rhythm. There are times too, when this doesn’t happen and I notice what may be holding my breath.

After meditation, when breath has flowed easily, and when my body has eased and I’ve met acceptance and allowed myself to let go of the unnecessary, time expands. I imagine it is likely not time that has changed, but me. I have released what I don’t need to hold on to. I have untied myself. There is more room to move about the day.

Please add your comments below. I would love to hear from you.

I’ll see you tomorrow ~

Day Eleven

Becoming aware

Observing our needs and caring for ourselves can help us be more aware as we move through the world.

As a product of a culture that upheld selflessness and sacrifice for the sake of others, awareness of my own needs was fairly rudimentary. I did well in some areas but there were big gaps in others. Selflessness and sacrifice are not without merit of course, but I have made a significant shift in addressing my own needs. I realize that I am better able to function across the board when, as a general principle, I  treat myself with kindness and care for my needs. I should point out, this is still a work-in-progress.

Maybe it has to do with the quiet that comes with meditation—that in the quiet, our own wisdom is easier to hear. It is not always what I want to hear, and it is sometimes painful, but as I turn toward meditation to help me sort out lifehood, I am better able to identify and accept what and how to address the needs in my life.

Meditation is helping me to know and support a truer, wiser, more observant, and accepting self. In turn, that awareness is affecting how I see and interact in the world.

What have you noticed about the practice so far? Please add your comments below. I would love to hear from you.

I’ll see you tomorrow ~