This sign hangs in between my bedroom windows. It’s one of the first things I see each morning and sometimes I’ll walk in and look at it throughout the day as a gentle reminder.
Trust the magic of beginnings.
My daughter has this sign sitting in between her windows. Yes, I love signs and it would seem I have a thing about windows! Probably because they are a giver of light.
Love and a dog. That’s all she needs.
I have this battery operated candle that comes on automatically at night. When I see it’s warm glow, that’s my que to start shutting everything down. Including myself.
I’m still meditating at night using Simple Habits, but have also ventured into morning mediation. I’m listening to, ‘Start Your Day With Gratitude’ by Cory Muscara. The app says I’ve mediated 5,284 total minutes.
It’s been worth every minute.
However you choose to spend your time, make certain it’s worth every minute.
I’ve been drifting off to peaceful sleep like a child, listening to mindful sleep on Simple Habits.
Oren Jay Sofer is the narrator of this meditation and his voice alone will soothe you to sleep. Lastnight, he discussed Contentment. How does that feel?
Something he does in every session is this.
Once you find your comfortable sleep position, he suggests 3 deep breaths. Inhale and exhale until your breathing resumes a normal rhythm.
My favorite part is when he says, ‘Lay it Down.”
Anything you left unfinished today. Lay it down.
I can feel my body sink a little bit deeper into the mattress when he says, “Today is over.” Just hearing those three words gives me confirmation of where I am. Laying in bed and getting ready for sleep.
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Do you believe meditation looks like this?
You don’t have to sit in any one position to meditate. You can meditate while standing, walking, sitting or lying down. It doesn’t require specific clothing because I’m literally laying in bed in my pajamas.
He always goes through a full body scan, but lastnight he dug deeper into the feeling of contentment within the body. He acknowledged parts of the body and paused to thank them.
Beginning at the top with the eyes.
I take for granted what all my eyes do throughout the day. The same with most parts of my body. Just like sitting here typing and watching my fingers flutter over the keys making this post possible. The eyes and fingers are small, but do great things.
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As we did our body scan, Oren would pause on a particular body-part such as the eyes, neck, shoulders, arms or torso. Literally breaking down specific parts and he would bless them by saying…
“Thank you for all that you do. May you be strong and well.”~ Oren Jay Sofer
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So tonight my lovelies, as you prepare to fall asleep, take a moment to let it go and lay it down.
This was daunting to begin. As you know I like my mornings, and coffee is an intricate part. You are to write three pages by hand, as soon after you awake. Or in my case, as soon as humanly possible.
The idea is to start before the brain starts.
The mind can quickly begin shooting off ideas about my day, so this has been an interesting exercise.
The first day was effortless. My mind wasn’t fully awake, so it felt like my heart was dictating the writing. There must be a small window of time to be in this space, because the next day I waited to begin.
It’s my favorite class, and is a nice way to do something my body will thank me for later.
I saw this sign hanging in Yoga class like a confirmation assuring me I was in the right space.
I love Yoga, but now it’s beginning to love me.
The New Year is here, and it’s the year of kindness.
I’m trying to be kind to myself so kindness will spill over onto others. Going to Yoga at least once a week is a good start. After class, I spoke with the teacher. He began by going to one class a week for a year.
That’s good enough for me. He’s an instructor now.
This year, I also dove into my meditation practice.
My daughter referred me to an app called ‘Simple Habits.’ The first week of January I began doing a 30 day practice called ‘Fresh Start.’ It’s free to use, and has many free meditations. It’s wonderfulness.
The screenshot reveals how simple it is to create a habit. Just like Yoga, the meditation is becoming a part of my life. It feels like something’s missing without it. We can create simple habits.
Maybe you’re beating yourself up mid January on goals that aren’t being met. Be kind to yourself.
Developing personally takes time, so take the full year. Every minute of the day is a fresh start.