The word Meditation has been distorted by thousands of different ideas, concepts and approaches; however, meditation is not a word or an idea. Meditation is not something that can be achieved via the use of intellect. Meditation is not something that can be enhanced with music or guidance. Meditation is not something you can read about and get. Meditation does not mean you float around on a cloud and live in bliss. Meditation has nothing to do with spiritual beliefs. Meditation has nothing to do with Gurus. Meditation is not something that can be experienced with a gaining mind. Meditation is not a relaxation technique at first. Meditation is not easy. Meditation is not something you can benefit from unless you do it often.
Now that you know this you can start to explore for yourself what Meditation “is” by simply sitting in silence.
Gassho ~ Scott
What does mindful speech mean to you? Are you mindful with your speech as it relates to yourself and others? Some may say it means thinking before you speak, others, may say it means to zip your lip. Both are reasonable responses, however, there is more depth to these two words that we can explore and think about before our week begins. First; we can observe what we say to ourselves and others. Do the words we share hold ourselves and others UP or DOWN? We can also take a good look at how certain words impact our emotions and the general feeling of our bodies. Example; do I think and speak about things that cause myself suffering, if so, is the byproduct of this thought impacting my body by causing chest pain, anxiety or any other discomfort? Am I doing the opposite and thinking good things, if so, how does that feel within my body and very feeling? We can also observe how these thoughts or words impact our outer experience. Do negative thoughts have people I know or even random people attacking me or coming at me for any reason? The same goes for positive thoughts or words; what is the end result? We can also observe how our words and thoughts are perfectly mirrored back by others. Becoming more aware of all the above is “key” to the beginning of using mindful speech in our everyday lives.
Let’s be mindful with our speech this week. Let’s see if thoughts and words get mirrored back within our bodies or by others. Practice saying positive things toward yourself and others this week. Let us know how it goes.
HUMAN GRAVITY… Like the Sun; each of us has a tremendous amount of gravity. When we open up to someone or look to them as source of validation or happiness we start to feel their gravity pull us in. Have you crashed into someone’s world? What does their world feel like to you? Self awareness maintains a gravitational balance between us and others. Self realization allows us to become aware of our world verses others. Everything and everyone needs space to be and grow. Observe human gravity and how you treat others when they become lost or visit your hemisphere.
What are you willing to let go of today to be at peace in this very moment?
We’ve often heard the idea, “It is better to give than receive”. This has often left people somehow feeling shamed about receiving . Yet, consider this, if people did not also receive then who would benefit from all the giving. Let’s take a compliment for example. Do you feel a difference when a person graciously receives a compliment that you give rather than denying or brushing it away? As a receiver, we are giving. We give of our selves by being receptive. In receiving, we are also allowing the giver the complete experience of giving. Notice what you feel and where in your body you feel it when you first experience a resistance to a compliment? Now take a deep slow breath. What happens when you gratefully and graciously receive the compliment?
Next time…a “hugging” meditation.