The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
I haven’t written much about it lately, but I have continued with my daily meditation challenge. Meditation is keeping me sane while all about feels like chaos. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)
Yoga, exercise, and getting outside every day help as well. There was a brief period when I almost gave up on all but the meditation, and even that wasn’t going in a good direction as I would find myself rushing through it, unable to settle. Sometimes it’s difficult to de-stress when you’re stressed.
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
~ Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
I have tried a couple of different methods of meditating. By far the best for me seems to be a walking meditation rather than seated. I am still practicing seated meditation (because that’s the challenge for this year), but a slow walk outdoors, conscious of my breathing and my footsteps, does more to calm my mind and spirit than any other approach.
Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature. Think of your ordinary emotional, thought-ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature.
~ Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
I love the idea of allowing peace to work on me. That’s really all it takes, isn’t it? An allowance or willingness to let go, to “melt away in the sunlight of your meditation.”
I reckon that’s it for today’s rambles around the pond. It’s been raining off and on for most of the day even though the weather people said it would clear up this afternoon. Maybe we’ll see the sun tomorrow. I noticed there are a lot of asparagus spears pushing up out of the dirt in the garden. With some sun and warmth, we might have enough to serve with dinner tomorrow.
Thank you for visiting and joining me for another walk. We only have another week or two of walks around Breezy Acres before the Big Move to the Eastern Shore. Let’s enjoy it while we can. Not that we have to say goodbye to the Bogs forever, but I don’t think I’ll be coming back too soon after the move. Settling into a new place takes time.
Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂
The act of meditation is being spacious.
~ Sogyal Rinpoche