Maybe you’re coping with technology better than I am. I have to admit — despite my regular meditation and yoga practices, I struggle with it on a daily basis. I’ve begun to notice that I rarely step more than fifteen or twenty feet away from my phone. And when I do, I feel weird, like something is missing. When I’m writing or working on a project, I compulsively check my phone every ten or fifteen minutes. What if someone wants to contact me? What if I’m forgetting about some appointment, or I miss an email? READ MORE...Read More
Filtering by Tag: Nature
Today I took a walk in nature. The exercise I practiced was something I call "Writing the Storybook." Simply put, I noticed and recorded the themes that came up over and over in my mind. I traced their deeper meaning, noticing and then letting them go. Just like in meditation, it's best not to judge them or myself for having them, rather, I am fully allowing.
Within the first 10-15 minutes, I found that my thoughts were full of anxiety and fear. I acknowledged that observation, then let it go. Within another 10 minutes, I found that my attention and patterns of thinking had shifted. No longer were the thoughts coming from an anxious place. See the 1 minute video I recorded while I was out there: (Btw, I had trouble with the vid so just kept it steady... when it is not raining so much, I'll bring the "good" camera and do nice, steady, pretty videos. Thanks for understanding...)
Instead, I became fully engaged in nature and felt more peaceful. It was actually that simple. Of course, it's not that easy every day, and the success of this kind of practice grows more and more in time and with consistent devotion.
As I continued, I noticed a decaying leaf.
It was calling to me, asking me to examine it. When I hear the call, I listen to it... then go and explore the thing that's inviting me to it in nature. There was personal meaning in the leaf, which gave me wisdom and peace to place in my heart-space and more courage with which to face my day. The teaching in this leaf, for me, was that I had built a strong and practical foundation and vision for the future of Wild Spirit Adventure over the past year. This foundation sets the stage for everything to come. It felt like recognition of my hard work, which I accepted and gave thanks for.
Continuing the experiment I am calling "Nature and Nurture," I'd like to reflect on the themes and experiences that have showed up for me today.
It's interesting how themes sometimes surface for us and repeat. This day, over and over, from the supermarket to the bus stop, to the doctor's office, I found myself face to face with people who had incredible challenges in their current scenario. The burdens on their shoulders were far heavier than what I was personally carrying, although sometimes it feels pretty heavy. Of course, whenever we see a repeating pattern, we might choose to ask what the lesson is. "Why is this theme making itself so apparent to me?" On one hand, I might become sad for the people I saw, and in a few instances, I did.
That day, I was particularly committed to walking and riding my bike mindfully. I took my time in observation of all that showed up in front of me. In that space, one realization was that the message for me in this theme was about perspective. The request was to zoom out from my particular situation and to stop taking myself and my small life so seriously.
Most of us have a tendency to see problems in any or every situation, even though the challenge itself only exists within the environment of privilege, good fortune, and free will. For example, if I get upset that my medical insurance covered a smaller portion of a medical treatment than I'd expected. This happens within the container of having health insurance in the first place, having enough good health to qualify and the financial means to pay the monthly bill. But, we often take things like that for granted.
I did indeed zoom out and responded to those I saw with compassion and kindness, even silently, while wishing them well-being and peace. The mantra which eased my heart and mind was that I had enough conditions in my life at the very moment to be happy and that I could spread that to others.
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