- Daily prayers, mantras, affirmations.
- Checking in with myself emotionally.
- Letting go … repeatedly.
- Other rituals I LOVE.
#tree of life meditation
I’m thinking of you all and sending my good thoughts and wishes your way.
I’ve been using this time we have now to reboot, reconnect with myself, and regroup about my future.
While this is a stressful time, it can also be a time for deepening our commitment to whatever we are committed to.
The world has hit the pause button. That’s how I am thinking about it.
For a world that is busy, busy …. hitting pause can create the space for something new to come in.
Or hitting pause can be a time for deeper spirituality.
Or reaching up and out and discovering what your piece is in this universe.
I realize these are huge questions and sometimes we are just making it through the day … but the bigger questions are sitting there, waiting to be asked.
If you feel like it …
What would you have me do with this time?
How can I share the biggest and best part of me?
Now, I don’t always feel like asking these bigger questions.
Sometimes, often lately, I need to just take time out.
However, once those moments pass … then I can refocus on what matters to me.
And I know that moment will always show itself.
With all that is happening, I’ve decided to work on something I’ve been working on for YEARS … but I need a lot more practice.So, now is the perfect time.As Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun says, This moment is the perfect teacher.
This moment is the perfect teacher.So, what am I working on?Being present.We’ve all heard about it. It’s being present in the moment, so we can take in the moment fully.I LOVE the idea of it … AND yet, it’s rather hard to do.And totally worth it.
We can hear guidance.There are TWO reasons why we want to be present or practice mindfulness right now:First, In the present moment … we can hear guidance.We hear what we need to hear.EVENTUALLY.If you’ve been receiving my newsletter for some time, then you know I believe we ALL have a team in the spiritual world that is watching over us and helping us evolve and ultimately, fulfill our destiny.Often this includes our loved ones who’ve passed.Thankfully, I discovered this early on after my husband passed.In the present moment … somehow A SPACE IS CREATED that invites in guidance.Noticing the color of the sky and the sound of leaf blowers …Whatever it is.It’s the singular moment, and …. it’s right there.
Spirit seems to talk to us in these moments.God, spirit or the universe … seems to talk to us in these moments.And I love this so much I cannot begin to tell you.So, when I walk each day I practice being present. I do this by saying to myself: Look.I look around at all there is to look at and I focus on taking it in.Yes, I get distracted and look at my phone to see what time it is:)And yes, sometimes I get bored.So, I notice this and say: Look …And I look again.Then, a few moments later I say: Listen.
Simply listen.And I try for a couple minutes to listen to the sounds of whatever is happening around me.I simply listen.Now, I am NOT listening for a spiritual kind whispering or anything like that. (Is there such a thing?)Instead, I am listening to what is happening in the here and now.From personal experience I can honestly say: It is ten times easier to work through the gambit of human emotion … in the present moment.
The second reason to be present.And the second reason why it’s totally worth it to be present is …And please forgive me for stating the obvious, but in the present moment we AREN’T WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OR PAST.We’re just right there … a human being having a human moment.In the present.
Later, when you least expect it.And then later … when you least expect it, you get a flash of certainty … or extreme warmth and joy … or insight … or answers.It comes out of nowhere … and it TOTALLY rocks.I hope you’re doing well during this interesting time:)#mindfulness
When life is stressful, and we don’t understand what is going on, and we are confused and fearing the unknown, we can check in with our thinking.And choose thoughts that don’t make us feel worse:)Trust me, I know I can get caught up in the frenzy!This week, when I RAN to Costco to buy toilet paper since I heard the planet was never again going to have toilet paper (and instead I bought over 50 packages of tuna since they were out of T.P.) … I had to check myself!Walking by the news crews and 20 people back in lines at Costco … and I was one of them .. and trying to not touch my shopping cart the entire time!
JUST NOTICEI just noticed … yes I did.Without judging.The last thing I need is to criticize myself! Life will be hard enough without toilet paper!!Here’s what that can sound like:Jeanne, you have the power to think differently.Then I ask myself: Is what I’m thinking true?Is what I am thinking about, worrying about, afraid of … going to happen?
MAYBE IT WILL AND MAYBE IT WON’TThe fact is: Maybe it will and maybe it won’t.If you’re focusing on the worse possible scenario … just kindly catch yourself:)Then, give yourself a big hug and think:I don’t know what will happen and I can handle the unknown.I’ve handled the unknown many times before and I’m still here to talk about it!I don’t focus on the worst.I don’t add to the negative energy.When I’m afraid, I take a deep breathe … and then another.I am safe.We are all in this together.I believe in the power of the human spirit.I’ll focus my attention there.Then … I’ll buy toilet paper next Wednesday.Wishing you an easier week ahead:)