It hurts me now to get down on the floor. So I need to find something to replace the yoga stretching routine that I did for well over 20 years.
An Impulse To Try Meditating:
Yesterday I was sitting here with Charlie in this recliner. He was sleeping. It was quiet. And after reading a blog post on meditation, I decided to just try it and see what happened.
I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing, slowly breathing in and out. And decided I would also focus on the ticking of the clock. The clock ticking normally drives me crazy. But this time it didn’t. I found a rhythm with the steady ticking meshed with my breathing.
After breathing in and out for a bit (I didn’t time it), I heard the maintenance man doing something outside by his shed. Instead of letting it distract me, I gathered that into my focus as well.
Mentally Gathering Beads On A Needle:
What came to me was when I used to work with beads when embellishing crazy quilts. I recall slipping the beads on the needle one at a time. So what I did, in my mind’s eye, was imagine taking up the sounds of the maintenance man to be another bead to gather on my needle.
I found it very effective. Then I heard a truck in the alley and I mentally gathered another bead onto my needle.
I don’t know how long this went on, but when I opened my eyes I felt so calm and collected. My body was relaxed. I felt settled and at peace.
This feeling went on for hours. So I decided this should be part of my daily schedule, this mental gathering of beads while I focus on breathing.
A Blog Post On Meditation:
I had just read this blogger’s post on meditation. She said that sometimes intrusive thoughts about something that’s worrying you might enter into things. But she said instead of worrying about it, just let it go. Look at it, she said, like drifting clouds and let it drift on by.
In other words instead of giving up, just move on and don’t let your meditation be ruined by thoughts of chores or the pandemic or whatever.
This time is for you alone. It is for your health and mental well being, which can be in short supply these days.
Do you meditate? I’d love to read your thoughts.