Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Go Get Em

Today is off to a running start, literally. After leaving work a little after 3am this morning, I finally got out of bed at nearly 10. I decided what better way to jump start the day than to go running with my pup. He wasn't too into it at first, which was really frustrating because I was ready to go. Instead of dragging him along I decided to tie him to a bench and do some up downs while he took a break. We ran for about 20 minutes and I did a few knees highs etc while pup was pooping resting. All in all, a good work out.

When I got back I did a few Vinyasas and stretched. I realized I was feeling incredibly calm and "in the moment", so I went right into a 15 minute guided meditation.  Done, done, and done. Now what should I do for the rest of the day?

My meditations have been much more focused so far this week. Last nights was DIY creation. I looked up loving kindness in Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey and found this passage recommended for contemplation:

I will cherish all living beings without exception because this precious mind of love is the supreme method for solving all problems and fulfilling all wishes. Eventually it will give me the supreme happiness of enlightenment. 

I wrote the passage down twice on a piece paper and then I meditated on it for 10 minutes or so. Not your conventional meditation, but I truly started to feel compassion for myself and even beings who are particularly difficult to deal with. The act of writing it down a couple of times really helped me to stay focused and also reinforced the message. I may start writing these mantras down more often.

- no work!!!
- in a great mood/mindset
- still have the rest of the day to enjoy



  1. I have such a hard time focusing on Buddhist writings. I'm not entirely sure what it is. It could be that they're badly written. (yep, that's it, blame the writing!)

    But some of them are a bit easier because they're shorter, like (invoking it once again) "Wherever You Go, There You Are." I can re-read the same two page passage 15 times until it actually sinks in.

    The one I read last night was about how meditation is the only intentional human undertaking which doesn't have a goal or a desired outcome. Amazing how I read this stuff at exactly the right time. Because meditation last night SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKED. It was the first time I'd done it in a few days. (Pain, traveling, excuse, excuse, blah blah blah) I couldn't focus at all. I'm also feeling rather down on my craft (knitting) so I wonder if that had anything to do with it. Plus, you know, hormones. It's funny how amazingly AWARE of these things you get when you pay attention. Just for a moment.

    The hormones, while sucky, just are. Yeah, they bring up all kinds of nasty emotions and paranoia and depression and weird ass behavior, but honestly, the only way I've ever dealt with it, has been to step outside myself and watch it as it happens. (kinda like how I got through labor and birthing Georgia)

    But oh boy are the hormones easy to get sucked in to.

    Off to meditate.

  2. Is it bad that my comments are almost as long as your posts?