A Meditation, #Tanka


Everyone is on a Tanka craze this week, so I thought I’d join in! Our words were work and slow, using synonyms only. The word, work was inspired by Robbie Cheadle’s going back to work! It’s funny where I find inspiration! LOL! I used “function” for work, and “quiet” for slow.

Simile, Metaphor, and Personification are all used when writing a Tanka poem. (Click the links and learn the terms).

Like the Haibun, the Tanka should be written in the first person. In this way, the poet shares his/her experiences by following a five line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure in their poetry. Not sure how to write a Tanka? Click HERE.

A Meditation

I function my best
when my day germinates with
thoughtful quiet time —
and like the lotus I spin
cleansing my chakras anew.

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

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Happy February! Namaste & Blessed Be! Write some Tanka Poetry. ❤

“A Meditation on Being,” A Reverse #Cinquain

This is my contribution to my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge where we use synonyms for the prompt words when we write our poetry. This week, I used “harmonize” for belong and “desire” for dream.

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Desire –
a meditation on being
harmonize your thinking
live this moment
fulfilled

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

A reverse Cinquain is a form with one 5-line stanza in a syllabic pattern of two, eight, six, four, two.

Brush up on writing Cinquain poetry by clicking HERE.

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The Choice

November 30, 2017, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by December 7, 2017, to be included in the compilation (published December 8). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


Grief affects everyone differently. There is no rhyme or reason as to how one should deal with grief or loss either. It’s up to the person to come to grips with the passing of those we love. It’s never easy.

I’ve recently been dealing with the passing of my beloved dogs. It’s the loss that is hard to deal with – the starting over and changing one’s reality from what it used to be. I felt lost…

However, I am an optimist always looking forward. What I discovered and what soothed and restored me was meditation. I liken it to healing myself from the inside out. That desire to rebuild and heal prompted this piece. ❤

The Choice

Painful sobs wracked her body while anguished cries escaped from her throat with an unrecognized resonance. She finally understood that death in its malevolence took what it desired leaving an emptiness in its wake. She knew she needed to survive by moving forward or she’d perish.

Nearby, the crystals beckoned to her emitting an ethereal glow. Meditate, they whispered. Align your chakras and feel your healing life force restored. She sat, quieting her breath, slipping into a meditative state. Her breath inhaled the restorative energy while exhaling the grief and loss.

Revitalized by love, she accepted a new path.

Thanks for stopping by. ❤

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is the first day of summer!

Last Christmas, my husband and I made the decision to no longer celebrate Christmas – at least not in the commercialized way the holiday has morphed into. Instead, we now celebrate the Winter Solstice. The exciting part of making this decision is that we now get two holidays! The Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice!

This year, our solstice celebration will be celebrated on International Fairy Day, June 24th. I have a wee medical procedure scheduled for tomorrow, so it made sense to wait until the weekend. I don’t believe I have any Irish heritage, but I claim it by my name – Colleen. Today, I am going to do my version of a nature meditation on Amergin.

ThoughtCo.com shares the history of Amergin:

“Amergin was a leader of the Milesians, one of the ancient tribes that conquered Ireland around 1500 B.C.E., removing the Tuatha de Danaan from power. One of three Druids who spearheaded the takeover, Amergin is referred to as the First Druid of the Gaels in the Irish Book of Invasions.

Thought to be the oldest poem in the Irish language, Amergin’s song is lyrical and narrative, evocative of the strength and power of Ireland itself. Poets and bards enjoyed high status in early Celtic society, and Amergin’s song (which is actually a collection of several pieces) reflects that hierarchy, as well as some of the core beliefs held by the Druids and their people.”

Here is the song of Amergin shared in a quote from Amergin.net:

Amergin, Bard of the Milesians, lays claim to the Land of Ireland

I am a stag: of seven tines,

I am a flood: across a plain,

I am a wind: on a deep lake,

I am a tear: the Sun lets fall,

I am a hawk: above the cliff,

I am a thorn: beneath the nail,

I am a wonder: among flowers,

I am a wizard: who but I

Sets the cool head aflame with smoke?

I am a spear: that roars for blood,

I am a salmon: in a pool,

I am a lure: from paradise,

I am a hill: where poets walk,

I am a boar: ruthless and red,

I am a breaker: threatening doom,

I am a tide: that drags to death,

I am an infant: who but I

Peeps from the unhewn dolmen, arch?

I am the womb: of every holt,

I am the blaze: on every hill,

I am the queen: of every hive,

I am the shield: for every head,

I am the tomb: of every hope.

Song of Amergin translated by Robert Graves, from The White Goddess, Faber and Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square London WC1. It appears here under the principle of Fair Use.

From Wikipedia there is another translation of this poem:

 “In her Gods and Fighting Men (1904),[2] Augusta, Lady Gregory translates The Song of Amergin as such:

I am the wind on the sea;

I am the wave of the sea;

I am the bull of seven battles;

I am the eagle on the rock

I am a flash from the sun;

I am the most beautiful of plants;

I am a strong wild boar;

I am a salmon in the water;

I am a lake in the plain;

I am the word of knowledge;

I am the head of the spear in battle;

I am the god that puts fire in the head;

Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?

Who can tell the ages of the moon?

Who can tell the place where the sun rests?”[3]

As I begin to read The Song of Amergin, I decide to take a mindful approach when I recite this poem as part of my meditation. I want to think about how the words apply to me today in my life.

To begin, I lit an orange candle (click HERE to learn what the different colors represent) so that the power of positivity can flow into my life. I stand with my feet on the ground and my hands raised to the sky.

I read the words and concentrated on the answers and different meanings of the last three questions:

Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?

Who can tell the ages of the moon?

Who can tell the place where the sun rests?

I felt my spirit soar as I ended my meditation. This experience fills my heart with joy. I feel peace and contentment in my place in the world today.

I welcome the new season of summer and look forward to the bounty that this time of year bestows on my family.

HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR?

Here are some ideas:


Have your friends over and celebrate with a bonfire or a barbecue

Take a walk in nature and be mindful of the magical beauty around you

Dance in the moonlight and feel young again

Read a great book


Celebrate family and friends

Celebrate the season and experience the magic

Thanks for stopping by to celebrate the Summer Solstice with me! ❤

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Mindful Monday Healthy Living – Faith Based Weight LOSS

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. 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, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

My hope is that you will all visit the posts of everyone who participated last week. You can find their blog links and comments on last week’s post HERE. Stop by and say hello! You just might make someone’s day!

Each week I want to share one of your links or comments that motivated me:

LAST WEEK’S MOST INSPIRING BLOG POST:

My Sweet Nothingswith Vasantha Vivek. I was immediately swept away with the impact of Vasantha’s words and how her belief in Lord Shiva impacts her life. It really got me thinking about how our own religious and cultural beliefs all impact our journey to healthy living.

It does not matter what your spiritual beliefs are or which spiritual path you choose to follow. It is the fact that you have a belief system in something greater than yourself that seems to be a constant motivator in how we view the world and ourselves.

Faith is an important concept in the battle of weight loss. NBC News shares an article: Faith Inspires Women to Lose Weight. The central theme of these women’s journey? They took responsibility for their actions. It all seems to come down to that one simple concept. Responsibility. We are responsible for what goes into our mouths and only us! The fact that these women’s belief in a higher God worked for them to become more responsible in their eating habits should be inspirational, to say the least.

You know what? 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 my own needs.  I know this is a hard feat to accomplish with a family and children.  Somehow, I hope you can try to find time for yourself. Time to think about your own needs and your own journey.

Many times I go into my living room and light candles and incense.  I practice my meditation at that time. Most days I meditate in my creative room. That room is mine alone and I enjoy my time in there with myself, the dogs and my writing.

I do have a spiritual space setup for Buddha.  I have silk flowers from each of my five children and 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.



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.


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.

Do you have a sacred space that renews you?


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HOW DID I DO ON MY HEALTHY GOALS LAST WEEK?

I have continued to practice mindful eating and the results are extraordinary.  In fact, since I have started to come to grips with my “inner pig,” I seem to be in a better place about exercise and weight loss. I walked a lot this week, mostly because the weather was warm(ish). Exercise not only helps you on your way to healthy it seems to calm this writer’s mind.

Part of being healthy and happy is enjoying things that you can share with your husband, wife, significant other, etc. Ron and I have lived in parts of the country the last few years that were mostly rural. We did not have many restaurants or stores around to choose from. When we moved to Colorado we decided that we would indulge and go out to eat at least once or twice a month since we had such a huge selection of places to dine at.

This week we had a great lunch at a Mexican Restaurant called the Three Margaritas. We had a perfect luncheon. I had the best Mojito I have ever had! It was fun to take some time and just be together doing the things we like to do. I tried to just live in the moment and spend time with Ron.

It was also great to take a few days away from the blog and my novel writing. By the way, yes, I did change my theme (again). This time, it was not my fault. The previous theme would not work for me. I could not reply to comments and some of the other features refused to work. Sorry if that caused any confusion… 😀

Anyway, here is the other thing I noticed. The more I get in touch with my feelings the more I understand that I don’t have to work so hard. I can take some time and relish this journey through life. Retirement should be fun and exciting. It is just another chapter in your life journey.

My weight loss find of the week was a vegetable called Broccolini. Here is what Washington State University has to say about this hybrid veggie: Vegetable Research and Extension. It is a cross between broccoli and kale. I used it today in my salad. It has a mild flavor right in the middle of kale and broccoli. I really like it.

The Food Network shares a recipe called, “Sauteed Broccolini and Garlic.”

Have a wonderful week! If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!

TOGETHER!

How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living 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. Each week I will include a link to the previous week’s post where readers can find your links and comments from the previous week. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!


Mindful Monday – Emotional Eating

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. 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, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

Everyone knows there is a distinct connection between stress and emotional eating. I can surely attest to succumbing to that effect the last couple of months. I noticed that as my stress levels rose I was turning more and more for solace through food. This does nothing for me except to increase my guilt because I am cheating and diverting from my food plan. This says nothing about how it affects my middle!

On Sunday, September 27, 2015, we witnessed a rare astrological event explained here by fellow blogger, Cherokee Billie:

“This is a powerful equalizing or neutralizing time, and as such is a good time to finally release things which have been a burden or stress in your life. This causes a temporary rebalancing for you at least for a couple weeks which can be a powerful time to start new projects or to finalize old ones you have been unable to bring a close to. The time is now!”

Cherokee Billie’s words really got me to thinking about new beginnings. I really feel the need to get my eating in check. The time is now and as I am writing this article I feel a surge of strength. Silver is getting her act together!

My journaling practice has been helping me to cope with my feelings of stress. Whenever I feel like life is spinning beyond my control (selling a home is never easy!) I have been writing about it. I decided to take this a step further and incorporated this journaling into my food diary.

As a life member of Weight Watchers, we were taught to journal our food daily. Our mantra is: “If we bite it, we must write it!”

I found a stenographer’s notebook that works perfectly for me. I divide the sheet into two days and add the date and number of Points Plus points I have to eat each day. I am following the plan as I did a couple years ago. Fruits and vegetables are zero points as long as you eat the correct portions. I use my measuring cups to measure the appropriate portions. As I eat it, I write down the items and subtract the Points Plus values. In addition, I keep track of the number of glasses of water (8 oz.) that I drink each day. I aim for 8 glasses to keep me hydrated and to flush food toxins out of my body.

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Now remember, this is how I do it. You may have a phone app that keeps track of your caloric intake, or some other way of tracking. The idea here is to keep track of what you are putting in your mouth. Make yourself accountable to yourself. This works for me. Do what works for you.

I also have started writing down what my triggers are. When do I feel the urge to eat? Lately, it has been in the evening. I have also found that if I have a cocktail or glass of wine I feel the urge to eat more. I think the alcohol takes away my inhibitions and I feel like I can cheat more! Another reason to watch what you are drinking is the Points Plus value of a 5 oz. glass of wine equals 5 points! Spirits are 4 Points Plus points per shot! When you only have so many Points to eat each day, you want to be careful how you are spending them.

Make sure to measure that wine: 5 oz. is much less than we realize!

Not long ago, I did a post about mindful eating, called “Eating Meditation.” I received an amazing Email from my friend, Christine and her blog, Before Sundown. I asked her if I could share her message with everyone and she agreed. Christine wrote:

“A Different Take on Food”

“There were times in earlier years from a teenager to my mid 40’s when I linked food to scary emotions; emotions of anger, abandonment, loss of control, and loneliness. Suffice to say it was a significant eating disorder. No need to elaborate, it’s long gone. What I can say in a few short paragraphs, how I maintained a healthy perspective on eating and food from then to now in my mid 70’s.

My different take on this food subject comes from changing my emotional brain’s link to food. It was sickening to give in to any one of the scary emotions and eat about it! It was exhausting to fight the battle between the emotional brain and the analytical brain with food in the middle.

As an older student, of the significant mid 40’s age, I remember the first healthy “thought” meal I ate at my university’s celebration dinner for Phi Beta Kappa recipients. The salad, baked chicken and vegetables acceptable to my analytical brain, but then came the dessert! Apple crumb cake with a dollop of whipped cream on top! I stared at it. You know which side was saying, “Go for it, you earned it.”

Lucky me, the analytical brain spoke up, “If you take a bite, you take responsibility for eating it, period. It’s not linked to any weird emotions (sweets always drove away scary emotions), and not even a reward for the award.”

That was the first baby step in healthy thought eating. Right then, I thought of nothing except I had a little stomach room left, and I ate half of it!”

Over the years I got better and better at having healthy thoughts about food with nutrition in mind, and whether my stomach was hungry, not my emotional brain.

It helped to find my voice and speak up, and to connect with good, fun-loving people. It’s a fact of life that not one of us will always be free of scary emotional thoughts. They do sneak in! The trick is to learn how to control them and not eat about them. For me, I’ll stick with the tried and true analytical brain to have the last word!

“Okay, Christine, you did well at breakfast with old-fashioned oatmeal and fresh berries. Now for lunch, how about a mozzarella cheese sandwich with a dollop of light mayo on gluten-free toast?”

Remember, don’t eat at the computer! Sit on the patio, enjoy the sunny day, or listen to the birds & the temple bell wind chimes. That’s getting close to Colleen’s Eating Meditation!  Right on, A-Brain!” ~ Christine

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After reading Christine’s encouraging words, I knew I needed to incorporate more meditation into my daily life to help heal my crazy eating habits. Does meditation really work in the battle against weight loss?

My investigation led me to an excellent article on WebMD called, “Does meditation help you lose weight?” by Jenn Horton and reviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC: (This is just an excerpt, you will want to read the whole article):

“Although there’s not a lot of research showing that meditation directly helps you lose weight, meditation does help you become more aware of your thoughts and actions, including those that relate to food.

For example, a research review showed that meditation can help with both binge eating and emotional eating.

“Any way to become more mindful will guide that process,” Perlman says.

How to Meditate

There are many ways to meditate. The CDC says that most types of meditation have these four things in common:

  • A quiet location. You can choose where to meditate — your favorite chair? On a walk? It’s up to you.
  • A specific comfortable posture, such as sitting, lying down, standing, or walking.
  • A focus of attention. You can focus on a word or phrase, your breath, or something else.
  • An open attitude. It’s normal to have other thoughts while you meditate. Try not to get too interested in those thoughts. Keep bringing your attention back to your breath, phrase, or whatever else it is you’re focusing on.

Pick the place, time, and method that you want to try. You can also take a class to learn the basics.”

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That’s it! This is my continuing journey into mindful eating and coping with my emotional attachments to food. I am learning to become more mindful of what my triggers are and how I deal with them. I am writing about my emotions and learning from my own feelings. I am following the path of a mindful eater. I feel empowered!

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Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Please send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

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I wish you all much joy and peace this week!

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Mindful Monday – How to Get your Coloring Meditation Groove on

Do you know what the best-selling adult books on Amazon are? Coloring books for adults! I kid you not! Check out this link to “Adult Coloring Book – Stress Relieving Patterns.”

This got me to thinking about mindfulness and coloring. If toddlers and school age children enjoy coloring, why not adults?

There is a wealth of evidence that suggests coloring allows an individual to explore their creative side. In addition, coloring relieves tension because it encourages us to embrace the child within us. As we color, memories of our childhood surface and remind us of a simpler time in our lives when we did not have adult responsibilities.

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So, how do coloring and mindfulness go together? Coloring brings your focus on the present instead of thinking about your past or future. When you pick up that colored pencil, or crayon you are spending your time concentrating on that spot you are coloring. You live in the moment as your subconsciousness takes over and your mind drifts and flows.

Ashley Welch, from Everyday Health
shares:

“The whole idea behind focusing on one thing for an extended period of time is to bring us into the present,” says Kimberly Wulfert, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Ventura, California. “The past doesn’t exist. The future doesn’t exist. Our whole awareness is being brought into what’s happening at that given point in time.”

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Here’s how coloring lets you become more mindful:

When you are coloring, you have the colored pencil or crayon in your hand. This creates a physical consciousness of what you are holding in your fingers in relation to the paper you are coloring on. You control the writing instrument and can move it in any rhythm you desire as you color in the different spaces. If you keep this up for a time, you basically enter a meditation state.

I think that is what I find so fascinating about mindfulness and meditation. There are so many ways to achieve your desired results without actually sitting and meditating in the traditional sense.

Think about this for a moment. While you are coloring, focus on being still and concentrating on your breathing. Guess what? Through mindful coloring, you are providing a way to meditate while doing something. This is not that different from mindful walking, or mindful eating. You still have the silence even though your coloring provides some structure to make you feel more comfortable.

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks produce sand mandalas. These are patiently created works of sand art constructed to demonstrate the impermanence of life. The mandalas take days to make and only a moment to dismantle.

Here is a video of a time lapse mandala creation: (Notice the chanting. I think when we color we should play music that helps us relax.)

 

I think the construction of the mandalas do the same thing for the Tibetan Monks that coloring does for us. The act of coloring expands our consciousness and allows us to become more in touch with ourselves. It allows us to meditate in a way that does not seem like meditation.

If traditional meditation methods are not working for you, don’t be afraid to experiment to find something that does work. Coloring Meditation might unlock some creative potential you never knew existed! It’s worth a try.

Visit Color Your Way to Happiness to find out more about mandalas and coloring mandalas. They also offer free pages that you can download and print for your coloring enjoyment.

The Mad House also is a great site to visit for free coloring pages.

Pinterest has enough coloring pages to last you for the rest of your life!

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Please send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

Thank you so much for all your excellent comments regarding mindfulness I receive each week. I am always excited to see how everyone else deals with things in their lives. Remember this is my journey, your own journey might be entirely different and there is nothing wrong with that. That is how it should be. Do not be afraid to try a little mindfulness in your own life.

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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Namaste. I wish you much peace and joy this week!

 

 

 

 

Mindful Monday – Mindful Nothingness – The Road to Meditation

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. 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, as I attempt to live in the present.

If you are reading this I know you are a student of mindfulness too. It is a journey and a personal one at that. Each one of us has a different path to take to achieve our goals and needs. What works for some will not work for others. In my quest to become more mindful, I share links and resources to open your mind to the wonders of mindfulness. You never know, it might launch you on your own journey.

Do you ever think about nothing? I mean nothing at all. Have you ever been able to get to where there are no thoughts jumbling around in that great brain of yours. There is just nothingness. It’s hard to do. I know. I’ve tried.

I work hard at trying to lose my thoughts. Sometimes I imagine them as balloons floating on a gentle breeze. When the thought comes into my head, I pop it… and let it go. I watch it drift away. This helps me get rid of my thoughts.

I have found the following infographic helpful in clearing the mind and finding that special nothingness.


Today, I want to share a Ted Talk video from Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is Ten Mindful Minutes.

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The Mind Unleashed will give you 5 Tips on how to meditate for beginners. There is no right way. It is only what works for you. Don’t be afraid to try. Just close your eyes…

This week I am going to continue working on clearing my mind for contemplation. I want to reach that state of nothingness where thoughts do not enter my mind in a random fashion. Music seems to help me clear my thoughts, but then I need it quiet. This works best if you can find a one minute chant to help you relax.

When I started my mindful journey in January 2015, it was with the intent to post my thoughts every Monday. This is the 31st Mindful Monday post that has been shared. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

 

Namaste. I wish you all peace and joy this week!

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Mindful Monday – Do Less to Achieve More

Love blooms into mindfulness

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. 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, as I attempt to live in the present.

Do you realize that you achieve more by doing less? How many times have you heard about someone famous who seems to have the ability to do it all? These people wear many hats in the living of their life. They are an actress, a director, a writer, a mother, a father, etc. the list goes on and on. Bottom line, the message is that the busier you are, the more important you are perceived to be by our modern society.

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In reality, this person lives a life filled with stress. They are actually hindered by all of this hyper brain activity. When we stretch ourselves too thin we do not make the best decisions. Our ability to solve problems becomes impaired. We lose the ability to learn new things, or remember important information. We forget how to control our emotions. We slow down and become tired.

Under stress, our brains reach overload. They really are not computers even though we tend to think of them as such. This is the critical point where mindfulness comes into play. When we become mindful of all the hats we wear in our lives we stop being multitaskers. We do one thing at a time and accomplish more because we have slowed down and lived in the moment of the task we are trying to complete.

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We have conditioned ourselves to live in a “MORE” world. We always want more. More likes on our blogs, on Twitter, and on our Facebook pages. We always want more so we can have more things. “More” has become a way of life.

I am seriously considering removing the “like button” from my blog. Do I really need to know if you like my writing that much? That is, of course, if you actually read what I write. We are conditioned to just click on the like button and move on because we are always so busy and stressed out. I am not sure that the like button is an accurate gauge of whether or not my readers really like what I write about.

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What if I just had the comment button on my blog? That would require the reader to slow down and read my thoughts. I get a fairly large amount of comments anyway. Just think of all those emails and like acknowledgments from the side menu that I have to click on to clear away. Those could be gone!

Removing the ‘like button’ from my blog would save time for me and the reader who has to click on the button to begin with. Removing the ‘like button’ would save time for all of us. Don’t be surprised if the ‘like button’ on this blog disappears in the next few days. More is not always better.

What am I going to do with all that free time I will have after I remove the like button from my blog? I am going to spend more time with my husband and dogs. I am going to spend time daydreaming, thinking up new plot lines for my novel, and writing poetry. I am going to spend more time learning how to meditate and how to live in the moment. I am going to spend more time commenting on what others write. I am going to live in that moment and experience the wonder of being alive.

So, please tell me what your mindful goals are for this week.

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Namaste! I wish you much joy and peace this week.

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Mindful Monday – My Top 5 Things to Do Every Day

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. 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, as I attempt to live in the present.

Each morning when I rise, the first thing I do is to make my bed. I know that sounds old-fashioned. I started this ritual years ago as a child (of course I had to back then) and continued it into my adult life. I still do it because it brings me peace. If I do nothing else that day, I figure I have at least made my bed! It has become part of my morning ritual and is a part of starting each day. You see I have a plan…

I decided back in January this would be my year of mindfulness. Every morning I want to look at each day mindfully. My goal was to be more productive and happy. Looking at myself mindfully requires I acknowledge to myself that I want to feel good. My choices are all my own. I am my own master.

Here are my five top things to do each morning that help me reach my daily goals. I think they will work for you too!

1.  Concentrate on your breathing and continue practicing meditation.

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When I do deep breathing in the morning (after I have made my bed) I have made the conscious choice to begin my day with a sense of tranquility. I try to just listen to the quietness of the house and enjoy the solitude. The breathing grounds me for whatever the day brings.

2.  Contemplate your appreciation for life.

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Find the courage to reflect on what you are the most thankful for in your life. I have found that when I think about gratitude I am able to cope with the things that life throws my way with a better attitude because I realize what I already have. Those little things that pop up as irritations never get a chance to become anything larger than what they are – little things.

3.  Decide what you want to carry out today.

While you are experiencing the solitude of the morning think about a few things that you want to accomplish that day. Choose to make those items a priority. Whenever I set goals for myself, I find that I am more productive because I decided those things needed to be dealt with firsthand. I get a real sense of accomplishment when I can cross those items off my daily to-do list.

4.  Hydrate and stretch your body.

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Drink some water after you have awakened each day. Hydrate your parched body after a long night of fasting. You will feel better during the day with fewer headaches as the water cleanses your body of the accumulation of toxins. An added benefit from drinking water throughout your day is you will not feel as hungry. That helps with weight loss.

Stretch your body in whatever way works the best for you. I like to walk first thing each morning with my two dogs, Sugar and Spice. Once their walk is complete I start out on my two-mile walk. This has been the best remedy for me. I feel energized and my mood improves with the change of scenery.

5.  Don’t forget to S M I L E.

I literally look at myself in the mirror as I am brushing my hair and SMILE a big old cheesy grin! I feel more positive and able to face the day after I have taken the time to laugh at myself. Guess what? Once I have that smile on my face each morning it becomes easy for me to share it with everyone I meet.

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week!

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

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