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 Sixteen

Meditation notes

We saw our first snowflakes in Minnesota Wednesday. I bundled up to meditate outside today.

When something strikes me in meditation—a different environment, or a wisdom I leave meditation with, I like to write it down. Look in today’s email for these two printable pages I’ve drawn up. Use them as you wish to capture or log your thoughts, keep track of your meditation time, or anything that strikes you.

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If you aren’t signed up for the meditation email notices, you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bwAoIz

There will be another journaling option to share in a day or two ~ stay tuned.

Today’s meditation ~

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

I’ll see you tomorrow ~

Day Ten

Marking halfway

Ten minutes is a juicy start to getting into a meditation groove.  More tangible than one, or three, or five minutes. It takes commitment to the process to get this far. Every moment in meditation is beneficial, though I do find I get more out of it—more noticeable effect, the more time I put in. As time goes on, I am more able to carry the effect into daily life. I am present more often, I notice more and need or want less. I am more content.

As we go forward, know that each day is different. One day you may feel at peace and ease meditating for 10 or 15 minutes, or more. Another day after a minute or three you may loose patience and want to quit. You don’t have to force meditation, it is not another chore on your list. Meditation is a gift you give to yourself. If you are restless on any particular day, it is okay to let it go and come back to it tomorrow.

If you care to carry on the conversation, please leave a comment below the video.

I’ll see you tomorrow ~

Day Six

Simple Gifts

Sometimes I don’t want to meditate. Sometimes there is a tussle inside of me. One part is saying, “go meditate, you’ll feel better, you need it.” The other part is saying, “I don’t want to, I’m too busy, I will later.” It took me a while and an objective outside opinion for me to see the truth: I wanted to meditate, I just didn’t feel like I deserved the time to do it. Huh?

Meditation is a gift: like a cool drink of water, its a sweet and simple gift that really takes little time, enables me to see and know myself more clearly, helps me find and be present more regularly in my life, and honors my being. I am worth that gift.

It took stepping away from meditation for me to see its effect. And, I am grateful for the help in identifying how not filling this need doesn’t make sense for me. Now that I am back I look forward to this simple gift every day. Like breakfast tea, my day isn’t the same without it. Will I always meditate? I don’t know, but I hope so.

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

I’ll see you tomorrow ~