Monday morning comes and many of us hit the pavement running ... work, chores, errands. A frantic pace begins.
Instead of greeting the day in a hurry, make a different choice. Set aside some time to quiet yourself. Sit, and engage the precious moment, a moment that will never come again.
Join me every Monday, when I'll provide a little pause, an original reflection to help you greet the day with grace and gratitude.
On this Meditation Monday:
Savoring—a powerful form of meditation that may also be the most simple method, especially when we use nature as our point of focus.
In the midst of a busy day, wherever we are, we can stop, pause and connect with Mother Nature. It doesn't matter what captures our attention—a stream, a seagull flying high, bare branches of trees, clouds—only that it does.
By bringing our attention to being in our body (being here now), simply observing, connecting with our natural choice, we slow and focus the mind. Continued watching slows our breathing, calms us down, brings us back to center—to the magic of the present moment where all is well.
Just like any form of meditation, if our thoughts wander away, we bring them back to our focal point—this tree, bird, or flower.
Breathe, look, repeat.
Amazingly, after a simple meditation practice like this, the heart feels more open. Gratitude and wonder have arrived and we are pleased and satisfied.
(Chickadee Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com)
Today, I will sit at my dining room table to meditate. I will focus my attention on the trees behind my house. They are bare of leaves right now and I can easily see the birds that nest and feed there. I'll keep sitting until I see one or more and I'll enjoy their simple activities. Bird meditation.
I can think of nothing better.
How will you meditate today?
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.