30 Days of Asking: Midway

September 17, 2013 0 Comments
A Gentle Breeze  A gentle breeze began to flow,  creating music to one’s ears,  whence it came no one knows,  yet it takes away all our fears.  --Samuel E. Stone

A Gentle Breeze
A gentle breeze began to flow,
creating music to one’s ears,
whence it came no one knows,
yet it takes away all our fears. –Samuel E. Stone

I’ve reached the midpoint through a month of simplifying my life as I sort, purge and organize my physical and emotional space.  If you’ve followed my blog,  you know that up to this point, I’ve reported on things, not thoughts.

In the first two weeks, I have done internal work.  Each day, about an hour and a half before I need to leave the house, I climb out of bed, shower and spend at least half an hour reading and practicing mindful meditation.

Sixty-percent of all illnesses today are stress related if not induced.  I meditate to reduce stress, keep my mind sharp, and to have a better day.  Stress relief through meditation is scientifically proven and is working in my life.

There are hundreds of meditation/mindfulness techniques.  I use an app called “Headspace”.  Headspace provides daily meditations and uses breath as the anchor for mindfulness.  Focused breathing is an effective way to calm the mind and it boosts immunity.  I find peace in the simplicity of breathing meditation.

I’m also reading everyday.  I downloaded a book recommended by a friend, “The Untethered Soul:  the Journey Beyond Yourself,” by Michael A. Singer.   The author explains that as we experience pain, fear and desire in our minds, we can understand and transcend the boundaries that they create in our lives.   Here are a some passages from the book:

  • “The truth is that most of life will unfold in accordance with forces far outside your control, regardless of what your mind says about it.”
  • “Eventually, you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself.  It’s the commotion the mind makes about life…”
  • “Wise beings do not want to remain a slave to the fear of pain.  They permit the world to be what it is instead of being afraid of it.”

Finding peace and freedom from pain, fear and desire, he says, is like a warm summer breeze passing through a screen door.  There is real substance in the screen door (pain, fear and desire), yet the lightness and warmth of the summer breeze (peace and freedom) passes through with little effort bringing warmth and contentment to all within.

Anyone who knows me understands that I like to think I am in control.  With The Untethered Soul, I am learning to let go, observe more and find peace.

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So halfway through, a Month of Asking Do I Love It?  Does It Love Me Back?  I would say it has been hard to keep to a schedule of working on something every day, but as my house comes to order and my mind finds peace, it has definitely been worth the effort.  Namaste, Becky.

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