Mindful Monday–Find a Place for Contemplation

Mindful Monday

I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  Each week I try to self discover new things about myself.  This week, I thought I would address more on finding time for contemplation.  This does not mean only meditation (although I hope you will all try it).  Finding the time to sit quietly and reflect on the day is a powerful tool in our self awareness journey.

Your Sacred Space

Sometimes I just sit and let my mind wander.  It seems to open me up for new thoughts and inspirations. I love being retired and one of the perks seems to be time.  I now have the time to listen to me and my needs.  This is a hard feat to accomplish with a family and children, I know.  Somehow, try to find time for yourself. You will be glad that you did.

Many times I go into my living room and light candles and incense.  I practice my meditation at that time.  I do have a spiritual space setup for Buddha.  I have silk flowers from each of my five grandchildren on each side of Buddha.  The cabinet below, holds photos of deceased relatives (mainly our parents) who I like to show respect by placing them near my sacred space.

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However, I do not want you to think that you must have a designated place for contemplation.  That is not so, and you do not need to be Buddhist to meditate.  Many days I do some of my best thinking while I am walking in the morning.  The whole idea is to find a place and time to dedicate to just yourself.  A warm bath works just as well as a sacred space all your own.  The point is that the place does not matter.  Find what works for you and just sit there.  Try to have no thoughts and clear your mind.

How to Meditate

Mindful Magazine shares an excellent info-graphic on a way to meditate.

The reason I created a sacred space in my home was to have a reminder of my intent to learn how to become still and mindful.  I am influenced by my surroundings.  My living room is in the middle of the house, so it works to remind me that I need to take the time to breathe, clear my mind, and listen to “the nothingness.”  Make your sacred space a place of quiet and solitude.

How to Clear Your Mind

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I have continued to practice mindful eating and the results are extraordinary.  I am losing weight and finding that I can recognize when I am full now because I am paying attention to my body.  Sounds simple right?  That is the whole idea with mindfulness.  The more you pay attention to, the more you understand about yourself.

Do you have a sacred space that renews you?  What are your mindful goals for this week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

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Peace and Joy to everyone this week,

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I Choose Compassion

One of the highest teachings of the Buddha is that of compassion.

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What exactly is compassion?  John Makransky, PhD in his book entitled, “Compassion in Buddhist Psychology,” says compassion is a companion to empathy.  We as humans sense others pain, and we look for ways to alleviate this pain.  When we look at the world filled with compassion we are able to understand the causes of suffering and naturally we wish to create an atmosphere of healing.

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That is what the movement called, 1000 Voices for Compassion is all about.  Join in and spread compassion throughout the world today.

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How will you show your compassion for all of humanity?

Thank you for stopping by to visit today.  Until next time,

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday–“Transcendence”

I love the energy that Linda’s SoCS brings to my writing.  I am always amazed at what flows from me during this stream of consciousness writing time period.  The prompt for this week was “t.” Linda said to think of a word that starts with it or includes it, and write away!  Click the badge to learn more about Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

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 Transcendence.

To exist as part of the material world

living in the ethereal reaches of the sky,

I rise above the mundane nuances of this life.

Drifting on a spiritual realm of cloud and smoke,

time has no place or meaning.

Subsistence is found in the meditation of the mind

and the slowed beating of the heart.

Senses aflame with the kindred knowledge of the ancients,

transcendence is swift and sure.

Peace and harmony flow as in a gentle rain,

while thoughts refrain

show traces of a glowing ember –

the energy of the soul.

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Thanks to Linda for hosting SoCS, where cluttered minds can pause and pull their thoughts together.

Thank you for checking in on me today.  The winds are up, causing rip-currents in the Gulf of Mexico, as a storm moves into Pensacola, Florida hopefully bringing us much needed rain.

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Peace & Joy

Thank you for taking this journey with me.  Merry Christmas to everyone.  ~Colleen, from Silver Threading~

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I will be taking a few days off for the holiday.  See you Saturday, December 27, 2014.

No Mud–No Lotus

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Have you ever wondered about the pain that you have endured in your life?  Why do some people suffer more than others?  Many people stumble blindly through their life without a glance at anyone else’s pain or sorrow.  They are self consumed and blinded with only their own pain.  Other people seem to feed off of the pain of others almost like it makes them feel fulfilled, important, or more significant than the one who is actually experiencing the pain.  Some persons are so frozen by their pain that they are immobilized and unable to feel anything at all.  They just seem to exist – zombies filled with pain roaming the landscape of our world.

I have come to realize that pain is a necessary part of life.  How will you ever know what is good or right in our world if we do not have some painful experiences to remind us of the differences.  Life is a paradox of good and evil.  Just like Ying and Yang, you cannot have one without the other.  This is not to simplify the pain that any one person feels, instead it is to remind us that just like love, pain is a universal gift.

Pain allows us to be human.  It teaches us lessons about life that we would not have learned without feeling some kind of deep pathos from the whole experience.  Pain allows us the chance to screw up and start over again.  This ache becomes the clarity within our souls that feeds each breath we take.  Through pain we become stronger.

The lotus is not present where there is no mud.  Be glad for your anguish because it has allowed you to blossom into the beautiful person you are… right now, reading this…

 

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