The Calm to Weather the Storm

Meditation. Sitting in stillness for a period of time doing … nothing. Breathing, but I do that anyway, right ? Focusing on breath. Well, I’d rather do that WHILE moving … like yoga, or cycling, or even running ?  But just sitting & breathing? I can’t sit still that long. 

It’s funny how someone can suggest something and all of a sudden, on the 3,822 time, it clicks. And we try it. And  we don’t hate it. Such is how my meditation practice goes.

I’ve learned to embrace the quiet.  In slowing down, I’ve freed some headspace for “new.”  Sometimes I find myself dreaming. Other times I find myself feeling – emotions I din’t even realize were there, or more likely tried to ignore.  

I find that my productivity has gone up, rather than what I assumed, that it would go down.  By spending the minutes in stillness, I learned that there were still enough minutes to do all the other “stuff.”  The house didn’t burn down, everyone still got fed, the dog was walked.  Yet, a sense of calm is emerging.  Albeit slowly, this feeling of peace and total faith is growing.  This destination is a place I have been seeking for a long time.  

The greatest change I’ve noticed is my ability to articulate thoughts and feelings at a higher level.  While clearing my mind, and breathing, I’m told we are practicing awareness.  That’s the mental training required to connect quickly and efficiently to the messages our body sends – thorough physiological changes (increased heart rate, sweaty palms, etc.), emotions, even actions.  By recognizing these messages I’ve found that I can identify my feelings, and share them, leading to meaningful conversations and deeper connections to loved ones.  Read.  that. again.  Arguments or disagreements have been shorter.  Level headed-ness prevails (ok, more than it did),  and love is richer.  

Whispers are romantic.  The first glimmer of the sunrise instills hope.  The blush that floods the face just before the wide grin glows.  The very light wind signals change.  The nudge encourages.  These subtleties often come before the scream, the sunburn, the bellowing laughter, the monsoon, or the giant shove.  Maybe those can be avoided all together.  Or maybe we just relish in the  magic of those moments.  They are ones we often miss.  But what would happen if we didn’t?  

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