Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Moving through discomfort

I spent today working on my personal meditation practice with Simon. He pushed me through the hard yucky parts and helped me see that through the nausea/discomfort (yes, I'm still working through this) there were moments of pure "aha". Joy and light. He also helped me realize that the discomfort is manageable and only comes in small doses that I can handle. It's obvious that all the things I hold inside are still there, percolating away and just waiting for the opportunity to come out during meditation. Today I let them come up for air and just let them bob along on waves of self-acceptance. I walked away from the session feeling more at peace than I have for a long time. For me this is the hard part... the dedication to regular meditative practice that I have to commit to in order to get to the next level both in my teaching and my life. Slowly I move forward, one step at a time...

Hope life is filled with good healthy steps forward for you too,

Jan

p.s. In case your interested in adding mediation to your own daily life...

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I, too, am finding ways to make meditation a regular feature of my life, almost daily now. It's slowly forming into a practice but not completely a habit like brushing my teeth.

I recall the first time I tried meditating over four years ago and it was hard just to sit much less quiet my mind. I've picked it up and put it down since then until recently when I had put other healthy practices in place.

Having regular physical activities like walking, yoga, pilates, acupuncture and strength training opened me up more to meditation. Maybe my body finally said it wanted meditation.

That's it! My body knew when I was ready and meditation sort of found me more ready.

Instead of struggling to make myself meditate a certain way,I allow different options like walking, sitting or even bathing as a meditative practice.

Listening to how my body feels is showimg me new ways to live and breathe.