I did not post here last week. It was a time of rebuilding and re-calibrating energy for me. The week of February 23 found me so very busy: out of town travel to teach, offering one-on-one mentoring, leading a four hour workshop, and then on to two more days of family fun in another city. I returned deeply enriched but also deeply tired.
When I am tired, I know the very best thing for me to do is to "hole in." To give myself the "Extraordinary Loving Mindful Self-Care" that I need. As you may know from journeying with me over the years, I am passionate about ELMS, and always hope that you, too, will give yourself permission to tend to your whole self (body, mind, heart, and soul) whenever you need it. We should never put ourselves and our own well-being on the back burner. NEVER! Doing so, diminishes our inner fire, then we are no good to anyone—especially those who love and depend on our patience, kindness, and care.
When in doubt, love your whole self more. May you always give yourself the ELMS you need to be happy and harmonious—inside and out!
p.s. In honor of my current doctoral studies and my need for more "time-in", I will only be posting her twice a month through April. Practicing what I preach. LOL.
This week, I am doing a bit of marketing for My Deepest Me; sending out announcements about its publication to spirituality retreat centers and bookstores. I am also doing some early planning for a workshop I am teaching in Grand Rapids in March. I enjoy teaching for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) through Aquinas College. This is a two-part program, March 12 and 19, "The Transformational Power of Gratitude." I believe very strongly in the power of gratitude to shift our thinking, open our hearts, and (without exaggeration), create a completely different lif for ourself—one that feels rich and full, wondrous and joy-FULL! Perhaps you will join me in Grand Rapids to experience the difference!
A lot! I started one of my doctoral courses. It is nourishing me in beautiful ways, especially through the selected readings. The course is titled, "Mindfulness as a Healing Contemplative Practice." Once again, I am savoring the words of mindfulness' founder, Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are). I first discovered mindfulness in 1994 when I lost my health and was trying to reclaim it. As I've said before, I believe mindfulness practice saved my life. Mindfulness is my daily mind-and heart-set, but we can all use refreshers. I find myself diving in even more deeply into the practice and feeling such benefit. A deeper stillness. A more embracing softness toward myself. I am eager to see where this journey takes me. I surrender to its molding.
to guided meditations by Dr. Zinn. Mostly, I am focusing on Mindfulness of Breathing. Noticing the breath where it enters me. Noticing how it moves down my body. Noticing where I prefer to focus my attention (chest or belly) to feel myself BEING breathed. It is a marvelous practice and I highly recommend it. Very centering, calming, clarifying.
how vital it is to establish a deeper stillness in one's self! My new studies have shown me that I can be even more still than I already am, and that there are great benefits in doing this, including:
• how to cope better with a too busy, too noisy world
• how to maintain awareness of your own thoughts and feelings, which give rise to habitual ways of being (esp. those that may not be so healthy)
• how when we really commit to practice (even just noticing our breath), everything changes and we stop struggling with life and ourselves
Spending more time paying mindful attention, listening, breathing, BE-Ing is so very good for me. For all of us.
"It is best to encounter each moment with freshness, its rich potential held in awareness." (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Even though I have been a student and a teacher of mindfulness for many years now, I am delighted to ponder it more it; to go deeper and be amazed at each moment's fresh potential. There is no end to the depths to which we can take ourselves ...
mostly by sitting in silence; sitting in the fullness of silence and letting that Sacred Connection and "prayer" be enough. Silence can be another name for God.
Kabir says, "Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath."
May we all know the Sacred Silence—intimately—and welcome its comforting embrace.
How is your week unfolding?
Thanks for joining me. Blessings, as always, upon your precious heart.
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