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.
After a long holiday break, it's back to life as usual for me. I imagine it is for you too.
Sometimes "the usual" is a preoccupation with what's next, what's ahead of us, what we might need to be worried about. Often, "the usual" is distraction into the past, what was, what could have been different.
Meditation Monday (or meditation on any day for that matter) invites us to come back to the present moment. Though it may seem far too simplistic, when we attend fully to the present moment, the past and the future are taken care of as well.
Today, I'd like to draw upon the wisdom of a wise other to explain this more fully. Paramahansa Yogananada, the great yogic sage who introduced "Self-Realization" to the West in the early 1900s, explained the importance of staying in the present in this way:
"Today fill the cup of life with all-round success. Forget the failures and trials of buried yesterdays, and frown not at the unborn fears of a future tomorrow. The regrets of yesterday and anxieties about the future can be dispelled if all todays are lived correctly. After twenty-four hours, every today becomes a yesterday. Hence, by properly living every today, we can control the future and benefit by the past comprised of these todays."*
This Meditation Monday, bring your awareness to your breath.
As you breathe in, bring your attention to this very moment ...
... of breathing in and letting go
... breathing in and letting go
... breathing in and letting go.
Feel the relief in simply being here
as you are
with your breath as a constant and steady companion.
All you need to do to be fully here is to breathe.
The past and the future will take care of themselves when you are at home in your body being lived by your Sacred Breath.
(Source: Wine of the Mystic: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, A Spiritual Interpretation by Paramahansa Yogananda)
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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 director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.