Pencil Post 5: Leaving your mark.

The pencil always leaves a mark. 

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Whatever you do, whatever your journey, you are leaving your mark.  All your actions and inactions create the being you call you.  Remember this and bring consciousness into your life and practice.  Ask yourself what do you wish to create?  Are you creating it?  What can you choose in your life to make your mark in the life the way you want to do.

Four Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Life —

Some great tips on mindfulness from a fellow blogger.

 

 

 

Going through a daily routine can be tiring, and can cause us to overlook things that can dramatically affect our emotions and moods. I know because I am guilty of this. Of those things is mindfulness. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness can be described as the mind being fully focus and aware to what you are […]

via Four Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Life —

Fall Meditation Surprise

The art of seeing what really is

 

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Here in New England it is time for fall. The leaves are changing colors and the temperatures are dropping downwards. Nature is preparing for the upcoming winter. Animals are migrating to warmer spots of the world. Some stay, preparing for hibernation or burrowing into the ground. The gardens are producing their final crops of the season. The bees seem to be preparing for the long rest of the upcoming winter finding the last flowers on their journeys to and from the hive.

 

It is a great time of the year for a hike outdoors. Recently, I took a hike into the woods. The leaves had just started changing colors so I had the expectation of seeing the beautiful colors in the trees. This year’s summer was exceptionally hot and humid and the air still retained that feeling of being full of moisture and wetness. In the forest, because of the wetness, the mushrooms and fungi were everywhere in beautiful colors from brilliant oranges, blues, greens, and reds – I had never seen such a show of color! This was quite unexpected. The trees, while starting to change colors have not reached their peak but this was more than compensated for by the colors on the ground.

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I came upon a spot in the forest, which has a vernal pool – a place that is usually wet in the spring, but dries out in the summer and for the rest of the year. Coming to the pool, I stopped to take a look. The pool was full of water, even in the fall. I continued walking till I reached the edge of the water, I heard the sound of a short cry, a croak and then a splash. Suddenly these sounds were everywhere surrounding me, calling out wherever I stepped. I was surprised to find out that it was frogs were making these sounds. Frogs in the fall – this was quite amazing. Standing quietly at the edge of the water from the far side of the pool came the sound of bullfrogs so there were more than one specie in the vernal pool. Now this was truly exceptional. I expect to hear frogs in the springtime or even in the summer but have never heard them in the fall. The sound of frogs in the fall opened up a new experience to me. If I had ignored the pool or just kept my attention on wanting to see the leaves of the trees I would have missed out – just as I would have missed out on seeing the mushrooms and fungus on the forest floor. Staying open to seeing whatever came up in the forrest allowed me to see some pretty amazing things and interact with nature in a new way.

 

Sometimes in life we go on expecting the world to be in a certain way. When the world doesn’t meet our presupposed expectations, we may become a little emotionally down. We block what is right in front of us getting it out of our mind, and refocusing our attention on the things we see that are familiar and more in line with our expectations. We choose not to see the world as it really is, but rearrange it to make it fit our sense of what it should look like. We separate ourselves from the change in the world.

 

This week, take your own walk outside, be it in a forest, or on a sidewalk in a city. Really observe and just look at the world as you walk without bringing your expectations to the experience. Don’t expect to see anything in particular – just concentrate and enjoy seeing whatever you see – being in the moment – observing whatever comes your way. Accepting that that is how it should be.

 

Can we make the experience of walking mindful, appreciating each and every step of the journey as special in its own way? Can we savor each moment, feeling the sense of aliveness just by walking and not focusing on getting to a destination? Try it out for yourself. You may just find your “inner frog” this fall!

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Lolly is here

Here is Lolly.  isn’t she cute?  She has developed her personal practice to a high level.  Nothing bothers her.  She is intent on living in the present moment – at this time it involves holding a husk of corn in her mouth.   She exudes serenity.  She is not worried about what tomorrow will bring or even what will happen when the door opens up.  Take a lesson from Lolly – live in the present moment!

 

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!  Welcome to your road to adding yoga and meditation to your life direction!  This blog is for the yogi or meditator looking for a little direction and help in the techniques of meditation.  Journey with me as we explore the deep world in our inward journey.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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Do I have to travel alone?

Of course not!  I am here to help guide you on the path.  Others will join us on our journey together.  Lolly the dog is also here to cheer you on and provide inspiration as we travel together.

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Like Shiva, she sometimes may appear to be asleep but as she sleeps she dreams and creates the world.