Usually I post on my book blog, ExploringthemagicherosJourney.com, but I felt this post fit better here.
I have done a meditation practice for a long time. Like decades. I’ve used many different tools, with varying results, but usually I feel I do OK. Recently I heard a podcast in which a young man explained how he created his own mantra with help from an experienced meditation guide. When I tried what he explained, a mantra came to me and meditation has been easier than ever before (Dang, this reads like an infomercial….)
Listen to Justin Michael Williams’ podcast on Sounds True here. From the transcript,
“He just says, “Close your eyes.” He asked me, he said, “If you could be bathed and soothed by any energy and if that energy could help you become the person that when you close your eyes you know you were put on this earth to be, what would that energy be? If you could get it out of an ATM anytime you needed it, if you could let it fill you up and bathe and soothe you in every crevice of your inner and outer being, what would that energy be? Name it. Use one, two, or three words and name it.””
My mantra came in an image first and then words.
[Pause…] Thoughts: Should I say what mine is? Is a mantra too personal? Would it reveal too much about me? Would it influence others’ experience? Would I be embarrassed by what I think it says about me?
Oh, my! Am I not the most fascinating thing in the entire universe?!
The mantra that came to me was first the image of a prism with light coming in and a spectrum coming out. The words next were, “I am the light; I am the prism.” Using both the visual and the words on my in and out breath have been a unique experience meditating. I am very grateful for it.
This post from Very Smart Girls made me stop and think and then think some more. Asking that question is a powerful practice tool.
I’m tired. What if the opposite is true?
I’m smarter than her. What if the opposite is true?
He’s only doing that to make money. What if the opposite is true?
I have to get that done today. What if the opposite is true?
Interesting results! Feeling certain of beliefs and, well, anything, limits my growth and experiences.
Give this practice a try.
I put this week’s post on my poetry site, Poetiosity. All about trust.
There were under a dozen people at the Village Clerk’s office when I went in late this afternoon to vote. The election volunteers were polite and helpful. I’ve voted. Voting early was one of the smarter things I’ve done lately.
I’m ready for Fall. I think. Like I have a choice in the matter or any way to control the change of seasons. It does seem early, though, to see leaf changes. I expect the real changes to be in October (the best month).
I don’t have nearly the problem with winter that a lot of people do, and it makes me think of the Serenity Prayer: “the things I cannot change.”
Unlike what most people think of as the goal of a prayer, I think this one is always talking to my self even though it starts out with the word “God.”
My biggest problem, of course, is the lack of that “wisdom to know the difference.”
I posted a new poem on my other site. A welcome poem for my new Grand Nephew.
A volunteer plant showed up in a flower bed at work. These are corporate flower beds with Stella D’Oro daylillies, dwarf yews, and well-trimmed flowering plum trees. I noticed what looked like the biggest dandelion seed puff I’d ever seen.
I had to look online to see what it was. Salsify. A root vegetable that tasks somewhat likes oysters, supposedly. I’m regularly reminded how much variety there is in our planet’s flora.
I don’t think this was planted intentionally — there are two plants in the bed — but they haven’t been pulled out by the corporate “gardeners.” Unlike a home gardener, maybe they don’t know it doesn’t belong.