Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 13: 30 Day Meditation

Listening to Elesa Commerse reminded me that our life does not happen on the cushion, it happens every moment. We do meditation to practice being present for our life, to practice living in the moment - not in the future and not in the past.

I had a very hard time sitting today. My back was really bothering me and I felt like I had a lead weight pressing me down. So I went with it and laid down. I did some mindful somatic movements and when my back stopped hurting I came to stillness. I focused on my heart center and tried to maintain mindfulness of the present moment.

Here is a poem I love:

Here is a calm so deep, grasses cease waving. 
The sun shines not on us but in us. 
The rivers flow not past, but through us, 
thrilling, tingling, 
vibrating every fiber and cell of our bodies, 
making them glide and sing. 
Nature’s peace will flow into you 
as sunshine flows into trees. 
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, 
and the storms their energy, 
while cares drop off like autumn leaves.
— John Muir

I love the imagery of being so calm that not even grass moves.

Have a good day everyone.


sirisoleil said...

Sara, thanks for sharing that poem with us. It is very lovely.

Kristin said...

Today your body seemed to ask for movement, and you honored that. But have you considered a walking meditation ala Buddhist tradition for these restless moments? My (limited) understanding is that it can encompass simply walking mindfully around ones yard. Sorry, I'm at work and I don't have a walking meditation link handy...

The Ashtanga practice, when one has become proficient with the sequence, is designed to be meditative. The Ujjayi breath leads one from one posture to the next, alwasys focusing on the present moment (inhaling, exhaling, listening to the breath).

As I've been taught and has been recommended to me, just about any kind of yoga session can be employed to still the body before a sitting session (pranayama, chanting, meditation).

Thank you for sharing your daily insights!

So often it seems the body needs to be brought to stillness before the mind.

Sara said...

Siri - I got that poem from Elesa's webpage way back when you first introduced her to me. I love it.

Kristin - Yes, I have done a short walking meditation a few times but it has always been guided. I think I will give self-guided a try and meander around my yard. Luckily I have a high hedge so my neighbors won't think I'm crazy.

Thank you both for writing.

Lisa said...

I too appreciate the beautiful words of John Muir you shared with us. Today, when I needed the calm and quiet of a practice I was the most fidgety I have been. Many things on my mind to distract me, anger, frustration, fear. All the more reason to surrender.