In 2009, at my previous blog "Awake Is Good," I instituted something called ~
I introduced it like this:
Beginning today, I'm reinstating the column—as well as making a dedicated effort to begin the week (every week!) with a practice that roots me in the present moment; allows me to meet Mondays with more equanimity. I'd like to share this practice with you. Please meet me here on this page for "Meditation Mondays."
Like you, I seem to have the ever-present "To-Do List." Because I take a "Sabbath weekend," intending to spend dedicated time "in" on Saturday and Sunday, Mondays can feel quite imposing. Even dreadful. Marc Allen changed all that for me recently.
I've been reading his book, The Magical Path, and I interviewed him a few weeks ago for the December issue of Buddha Chick Life.
Marc explained that he doesn't work on Mondays. He doesn't work on Fridays either. Right now I don't have the luxury of having a 3 day work week but I can modify my Mondays, as he suggests. We can enter our Monday more slowly, meditatively.
I have taken Marc's advice and I allow myself to wander through Mondays. I do a little work, play, nourish my self, etc. I drift through various activities like a leaf in a slow moving stream. I do what feels right. I've taken the pressure off of myself to blast into the work week making Mondays a day of super productivity. I no longer dread Mondays. In fact, I look forward to them with delight.
Entering a work week more gently feels right to me. Now, by the time Tuesday comes, I feel as if I have much more energy because I've not pushed, but paused appropriately on Monday, and slowly gathered up my workforce energy. You might like to try this practice for yourself and see how it affects your weekly productivity ... and your overall peace of mind.
Here is a brief meditation you can do to initiate your
Close your eyes.
Bring your awareness to your body sitting just as you are.
Feel yourself in your body, firmly rooted to the earth.
Bring your attention to your breath.
Feel it as it enters your nostrils.
Feel it move down the back of your throat and enter your lungs, filling them with good clean air.
Feel your belly rise and fill with optimizing oxygen.
Exhale, and feel the breath leave your body, belly and chest deflating, exiting through your nostrils.
Repeat ... at least 3 times.
This exercise is an aspect of the "Mindfulness of Body" teachings of Buddhist practice. We can leave the world of busyness—rapid thoughts and swirling feelings, experienced as being in our "head"—by bringing our attention back to our body. Be like a leaf ... floating with ease through your day.
When we do this practice, we can feel a subtle shift as if we have dropped back into a sense of who we really are: a human being in an amazing body, living in a bounteous world, fully capable of stopping and being with our self in a meaningful way.
May this Monday be one of blessing for you.
May ease and peace of mind be yours.
Please join me again next week for another Meditation Monday!
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.