I love nature! I grew up in New Hampshire, a mostly rural state with plenty of majestic woods, ponds, lakes, and the White Mountains.
Today I celebrate 8 months of sobriety! It has been an interesting ride so far. I became sober on May 12, the day I was put in jail.
Some would say that I am not undergoing the real “test” until I resume my “normal” life. I would say that, although that may be somewhat true, I still choose everyday not to pick up.
I have had certain events occur this week that have sorely challenged my sobriety. And yet, I choose not to pick up. As a matter of fact, I have hardly given these situations the energy that I might have normally when I was drinking; that’s tremendous progress!
Although there will always be forces in life testing my resolve, I am coming to understand the true nature of life and my mantras are acceptance and gratitude. When I accept what life is dishing out, when I accept that I have to deal with life on life’s terms, I maintain control of my emotions.
Similarly, when I go through my day mindful of all that I have to be grateful for, life’s problems shrink and become so much more manageable. There will always be people, places, and things that will challenge me. I used to think that life owed me happiness. I used to think life owed me inordinate measures of peace and tranquility.
Alas, not so any more. I now realize–yes, it’s taken me nearly 53 years–that the times of peace and tranquility are but fleeting and should be relished. The rest of the time life is going to be life, people will be people. I can’t change people. I can’t change situations. I can’t change life.
What I can change, however, is how I respond to them. I can change how I think about them. I can choose to relinquish my power or I can choose to not let them tap my inner resources. I choose acceptance and gratitude.
Today, I am grateful for 8 months of recovery! And nothing, and NOBODY, will ever take that away from me. It’s not available. It’s not an option.
I’ve decided to try a new feature in my blog: Sunny Side Up (I actually like over medium eggs lol) me trying to be my funny, sarcastic, positive, uplifting, grateful, off the wall self! I am going to show my positive side. My life is not all doom and gloom, And WovenEclipse helped me see that. So, thank you Rebecca!
If you have been with me for a time you will know my feelings on meditation. I have included lots of stuff about how to meditate, the benefits of meditation, even actual mediations. If you navigate around my site I have all kinds of things related to meditation.
Going from Classic Rock to American Indian Chants is quite a shift for me. Going from the chaos of alcoholism, to sitting at peace with myself in the middle of a meditation, is becoming life changing.
This post isn’t about selling you on, or going into the myriad benefits of, meditation. No, Sunny Side Up is about having my newfound positivity and gratitude in and for life come through. And today, I am grateful for meditation and music that soothes my tired, troubled mind when it needs it.
Today was an awesome example of meditation and its healing effects. Every Sunday we have a 9:30 Group for meditating. Usually it’s a reading, and then 5-10 minutes of meditation. Well, somewhere along the lines, someone forgot to tell me group was over because I came out of the meditation 40 minutes later!
I was in a state I had never felt before. Usually when I meditate, I have to put a blinder on–you know, one of those sleep masks–put on headphones and pick just the right meditation. This time, there was none of that and I was able to disappear into my mind for over 40 minutes!
The longest I ever meditated before was 25 minutes. I cam out of it in a trance. A profound happiness. I walked outside and was actually laughing out loud over the experience.
If I were on my deathbed, and you asked me what the secret to happiness, wholeness, serenity was? I would tell you MEDITATION MEDITATION MEDITATION! Don’t be intimidated. Read about it. Start off with a few minutes. But, DO IT! TODAY. Namaste!
Kundalini, in the Dharma religions, is a primal energy, or shakti, located at the base of the spine. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of “awakening” kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment. Kundalini is described as lying “coiled” at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force, or “mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation”.
Kundalini awakening is said to result in deep meditation, enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reach within the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of the head. Many systems of yoga focus on the awakening of Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. In physical terms, one commonly reports the Kundalini experience to be a feeling of electric current running along the spine.
Meditation does not have to be a complicated, frustrating experience if you learn to apply some fundamental concepts to your daily efforts. The purpose of this article is to provide you with key skills which we hope will not only benefit seasoned practitioners, but also those of you just journeying forth in your paths to enlightenment!
Create A Space
Create a special space for your meditation practice. It can be either a room or corner, and use it only for your meditation or contemplation. Put there only those things that help you meditate and keep the space clean and clear. Always enter your meditation space with respect and become refreshed by its peace and beauty. You should not be in a situation where your mind could be easily provoked into anger or other emotions. When you create the right environment, it’s easier to practice and you’ll receive greater benefit from your time invested.
The mind and body are connected, and the energy flows better when the body is erect (spine not stooped); when the body is bent, the flow is changed and that directly affects your thought process.
A comfortable but alert sitting position is essential for regular meditation practice. Meditation chairs are designed to help people with limited flexibility of their back. You should sit upright with the feet touching the ground. The meditation chair provides more comfort than sitting on the floor or on a regular chair. Good meditation chairs should have a slight forward-leaning angle to prevent you from bending during meditation. They should not tilt more than a few inches; a steeply angled meditation chair causes overarching.
If you are looking not to spend too much, a meditation cushion may be a good choice. Meditation cushions are easily portable. Meditation cushions have a wedge profile that tilts your pelvis slightly forward, helping you maintain the proper spinal alignment. The Zafu makes sitting meditation easier on the knees, ankles and back. Other pillows also raise you off of the floor while supporting an aligned posture.
When using a meditation cushion find a comfortable position with legs crossed and hands resting palm-down on your thighs. The hips are neither rotated forward too much, which creates tension, nor tilted back so you start slouching. You have to find a feeling of stability and strength.
The Buddhist meditation bench is a small short bench that lifts you off the floor while helping you maintain a straight-backed posture when sitting. The sloped seat encourages and promotes good posture.
For sitting meditation the seat is a matter of style and preference, the basic principle is to keep an upright, erect posture with your shoulders and hips level. During meditation, you have to be awake even though you are calm. If you find yourself falling asleep, check your posture.
Before You Begin
You will find it helpful to do some Yoga, t’ai chi, or other mindful stretching and gentle exercise. This will help you to build energy and focus your attention before quiet sitting meditation. Sometimes, if you find that your mind is too agitated to start, try walking meditation or mindful walking.
As you begin to relax, it is common to experience release phenomena, which may include various physical sensations. These sensations range from quivering as if you are falling asleep, gurgling in the stomach, to mental images and inner sounds. This shows that your practice has started dissolving accumulated and rooted physical, mental and emotional patterns. The best way to deal with them is simply let them take place without distracting your attention.
As you practice, you will become aware of subtle physical, mental and emotional changes. Eventually, your source of stored stress will be exhausted, and you will feel lighter, clearer and better equipped to deal with the challenges of modern life.
Relaxation And Awareness
The majority of us experience relaxation as a dreamlike state that lacks awareness, and when we are alert, we are tense and mentally agitated. Both of those conditions are far from the alert but relaxed state of meditation.
At the beginning, most of the practice may be spent returning the mind from distraction or sleepiness and finding this balance of relaxed alertness. Eventually, you will be able to become deeply relaxed and lucid during your meditation, and in your daily life you will find that your understanding of the way things are will become more clear and unconditioned.
By practicing meditation, we can realize our full potential. This is why we should work with our minds. The long-term result of meditation is a much more joyful, intense and complete state of being.
Life is impermanent, and we don’t know how much time we have to realize our true self. What we experience today is mostly the result of our choices in the past; what we do and think today will become our future. Remember, that not only what you do but how and why you do something matters.
You start your meditation with steadying your attention by practicing concentration for a few moments. Then you apply your mind to the meditation method you choose. During your session, observe the quality of the focus of your attention. Watch when your attention fades. If you find that it is too difficult to maintain your focus because of distraction or dullness, find balance again in concentration meditation by watching your breath, then return to your main meditation.
Meditation practice can help you develop many dormant qualities. You can use the period of your meditation to develop clarity, understanding, kindness and vitality within, and then try to bring these qualities into your daily life.
Throughout the day, recall your feelings. When you begin to rush, pause within yourself, center and move towards the sense of balance you experienced in your meditation. Brief periods of meditation are opportunities for you to get in touch with qualities that will guide your busiest, most stressful activities.
With time, you will find that any activity can be an opportunity to train your mind and practice concentration, awareness, patience and understanding.
Intention: Before you begin, make your intention clear to your conscious and subconscious mind and offer a short prayer or a call for inspiration. Call upon the sources of inspiration in your life. Remember, you don’t practice “alone;” recall those who share your life. Practice to help bring wholeness in the world.
Concentration: Use concentration meditation (we will be including this in a future post!) to focus, use mindful breathing.
Meditation: Continue with a longer period of quiet meditation using the technique of your choice.
Dedication: End the session with a brief dedication, using the accumulated potency of your meditation and sending it with your heart to all beings.
Application: After you finish your formal meditation practice, make a smooth transition to your daily life with the intention to carry mindful presence into your normal activities. During the day, pause from time to time to renew your connection to mindful presence, continue to fill your life with insight, creativity and compassion that arise from your formal meditation practice.
In order for anything to materialize (or matter created from pure energy and consciousness) your vibrations must align with that which you desire. There are key factors that create the formula to vibrate at the same frequency of anything you desire. Here are five factors to consider when striving for Abundance in your life:
1. Realizing Abundance is a Possibility– The source of everything in this world is consciousness, at the highest level of consciousness every frequency is combined. You must align yourself with that frequency, by seeing the world as an abundant, supporting, positive place. When you change your perspective, you change your experience. This will give you the experience of believing in the possibility of abundance on every level. Certainty shortly follows after belief because your consciousness hits the same level of the highest frequency, where consciousness knows itself as abundance.
2. Know Yourself as Abundance– Abundance is possible because the highest part of consciousness is who you are. When you know yourself as the highest part of consciousness (abundance), you understand that abundance is not out there and you are waiting for it to show up. You are already that which you desire, you just need to match your frequency with who you really are, in order to perceive it as being manifested.
3. Align Your Thoughts With Abundance– Abundance does not have negative thoughts of doubt, unworthiness, guilt, hopelessness, or any other lower vibrational frequency. In the moment, when you notice a negative thought, imagine you have a recycling bin where your thoughts are located and you can choose to delete any thought. Delete any lower vibrating thoughts and start again with thoughts that match the highest vibrational frequency of abundance. When you have thoughts that feel happy, joyous and good, then you are allowing your alignment to be of abundance.
4. Focus on the End Result– Focusing on the desire as if you already have it, aligns the energy field in order to attract and attach your desire. With this kind of focus, everything you do and say is produced in a passionate way. Act as if you already have your desire and you will produce actions and words of enthusiasm. Keeping a smile on your face, as if you have an abundance of passion, money, love, and life. This is about using actions to produce good feelings of happiness and joy.
5. Know the Abundance of Gratitude & Purpose– Being thankful for all that you experience pushes the lower frequencies away from your experience and keep you aligned with abundance.
Take Abundance With You!
I’ve created a credit card-sized summary you can print and have laminated! Read it everyday, you’ll begin to attract abundance into your life!
1. Click on the photo and print! Note: If you have internet settings at “Enable Protected Security” you may not be able to print directly from internet. Online it will print just bigger than a credit card size. However, you can also follow the steps below to save it to your computer, but you may have to play around with the print size.
To save and print from your computer:
1. Right click image
2. Click “Save As.“
3. Name it
4. Open folder where you saved it.
5. Resize it. For a perfect credit card size the dimensions in inches is 3 3/8 width X 2 1/8 height. In pixels, it’s 244 wide X 154 height. Or just have print shop do it for you from disc.
6. Print it.
7. Copy it!
8. Laminate it! Staples or similiar stores will do it cheap.
9. Read it! everyday, twice on Sundays.
10. Practice it! Use a phrase everyday as a mantra in meditation–remember you don’t actually say the words, you think them.