Meditation

by blogasana on April 16, 2010

My meditation—in my favorite chair, in my favorite posture—lately has involved:

  • writing (not so bad, I’m mindful and writing can be reflective)
  • daydreaming (while undervalued in my opinion, not the same as meditating)
  • stretching (also lovely and mindful; not meditation)
  • talking to husband (only when this happens)
  • picking my feet/nose/ear (???)

It’s challenging to sit myself down and be quiet. Frankly, sometimes it’s painful and frustrating. The volume in my head is turned up, my to-do list is suffocating me, my body is itchy and fidgety.

I often remind myself of what Gandhi is quoted as saying: I have so much to accomplish today that I need to meditate for 2 hours instead of 1.

If nothing else this inspires a sigh, which helps me relax.

Because I can relate to these challenges, and at the same time, I know how powerful and necessary meditation is, I wanted to offer a guided 10-minute meditation to you.

What’s that? You don’t have 10 minutes to spare?

Mm-hmm. That’s what I said yesterday right before I had a mini breakdown.

And then I sat down for 10 minutes, closed my eyes, and listened.

And when I was done, everything was better.

If that’s where you are, try the audio and let me know what you think. You can use it at the beginning or end of an asana practice, or when your day is really chaotic and you need to l a n d. (Or anytime!)

If you want to go for the breakdown, DO NOT listen. I repeat: do not listen to the audio. Go for breaking point. Do not sit down, breath, or soften.

Meditation <—- click, file will download, listen in iTunes.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Y is for Yogini April 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I love all the things your meditation encompasses. Perfect. Great post and that Gandhi quote = clear + moving. :)

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jacquelyn April 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

thank you for this!
Whenever I try to meditate I always worry that I am doing it wrong; letting thoughts in, pushing thoughts out. It becomes a little battle in my head. The soothing tone of your voice and the poem helped me avoid that battle – and Ghandi’s quote is priceless.

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Kelley M. April 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Apparently this further indicates my need for an IPOD. Yes, I believe I’m the only one left on the planet who doesn’t have one yet. Well, me and the geriatrics. Love the Ghandi quote!

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blogasana April 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm

WooHoo! Thanks for listening… and so happy that it was in some way useful.

@Kelley – uh, YA, gotta get an iPod =)

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dwchipps April 20, 2010 at 2:05 am

how amazing you are… Of course, I’m listening as I type.. hopefully at another time I’ll actually use for meditation..

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blogasana April 20, 2010 at 5:05 am

Donna, this cracks me up!!! Yes, I hope you use it too :-)

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