Silence and Space

“If you take some time to formally practice meditation, there is a lot of silence and space. Meditation practice itself is a way to create gaps. Every time you realize you are thinking and you let your thoughts go, you are creating a gap. Every time the breath goes out, you are creating a gap. You may not always experience it that way, but the basic meditation instruction is designed to be full of gaps. If you don’t fill up your practice time with your discursive mind, with your worry and obsessing and all that kind of thing, you have time to experience the blessing of your surroundings. You can just sit there quietly. Then maybe silence with dawn on you, and the sacredness of space will penetrate.” – Pema Chodron

Be Prepared (COVID-19)

Last night I had a dream that I was practicing yoga with Buddhist monks. During the yoga practice, the lead monk told me to see myself floating. I tried my hardest to levitate, but I couldn’t do it. According to 10,000 Dreams Interpreted, by Gustavus Hindman Miller, “To dream of floating, denotes that you will victoriously overcome obstacles which are seemingly overwhelming.” I did not float in the dream – I tried to. So, that means I still have to overcome some obstacles.

Then my dream skipped to a place in India. I saw a great building that was over a mile long. Inside the building, I met an Indian woman. We sat down for lunch. She asked me, “What are you going to do for your community?” I didn’t answer her – instead, I woke up from the dream.

When I woke up, the dream was on my mind. Mostly my curiosity about levitation and what I can do for my community. I realized that this blog is one way I can help my community. So, today’s blog encourages everyone to prepare for uncertainty.

On my March 16, 2020 blog post, I said, “It is amazing how life can change so quickly.” In a few months, life can change again. It’s good to prepare or keep preparing.

Here is a home checklist summary (from http://www.theprepared.com):

Be well. Namaste, world.

If I had my Life to Live Over

“If I had my Life to Live Over, ” by Nadine Starr at age 85

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely…hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had it to do over again…I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else, just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and an umbrella. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot, earlier in the Spring and stay that way far into the Fall.

I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go rounds. I would pick more daisies. – Nadine Starr

Guided Beach Visualization for Relaxation (20 minutes)

With guided visualizations, you can participate in two ways: receptive or active. When you are receptive, you listen without creating images in your mind. And when you are active, you create images in your mind and follow the details of the visualization. Pick one that works for you!

I recorded this guided visualization in the present moment. I did not edit it, so it’s not perfect. The music is a little loud sometimes, but I think it’s okay because the music is an important part of the journey. The music is by Jeffrey Thompson (www.scientificsounds.com). The music contains binaural beats – pulses that cause entrainment (like metronome synchronizations). There are several different kinds of brainwaves. The music that I used in this visualization contains alpha waves. Alpha waves promote relaxation and stress reduction. The music sounds different than regular music, and I noticed that I needed to listen to the track a few times before I adjusted to it.

Use headphones or earbuds.

Life is an Adventure

A life full of adventure comes with a good dose of uncertainty – that’s what makes life exciting! Yes, it feels scary, but you can use the strength of your mind to see the situation differently. It is easy to slip into self-doubt and fear, especially in times of change and turmoil. The mind likes to hold onto old soundtracks. However, now you must use your mind to go beyond your perceived limitations.

When you get scared, the walls start to close around you. You need to break down those walls! REMEMBER YOU ARE AN ETERNAL HUMAN BEING! Your current life is ONE journey of many.

Do you think you are unimportant and insignificant? The Dalai Lama says, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” You are powerful, and you make a difference in the lives of the people, animals, and living creatures around you.

When you toss a rock into the pond, it creates ripples in the water. Your love and energy does the same thing – creates outward ripples affecting many, many people.

So this place of meeting our edge, of accepting the present moment and the unknown, is a very powerful place for those who wish to awaken and open their heart and mind. – Pema Chodron

Here are some affirmations to increase your confidence, inner strength, and self-esteem:

  • I accept myself completely here and now.
  • I love myself completely as I am.
  • I accept all my feelings as part of myself.
  • I am kind and loving, and I have a great deal to share with others.
  • I meditate every day to create a calm and peaceful mind.
  • I am strong, and I won’t give up.
  • I am beautiful and lovable.
  • I trust in the Universe (or God).
  • I am thankful for everything in my life.
  • I am talented, intelligent, and creative.
  • New opportunities will come into my life.
  • I am aware of my thoughts and actions.
  • My wisdom is growing every day.
  • I love the world, and the world loves me.

Namaste, world.