Sitting vs moving meditations

Do you meditate?  What type of meditations do you do ? Are you sitting ?

I had tried on and off for decades. The 5-10 minutes at end of yoga class never really did much for me. Seems like I was busy with my to do list. And that is even after going through extensive yoga teacher training ! But over the past 3 years or more I have been really exploring different types of meditation. I want to share an insight that I had this morning . It is now 6:20 am. Having been awake since 3:30, yep …  I played in bed with cozy head phone strap on and once again went into a space I can no honestly describe . I have really gotten into binaural sound meditation amongst other ones. I lay there ( not sitting up ) and listen to  about an hour meditation  ( yep way too long for regular daytime use for me !) from Centerpointe called Holosync ( one called Dive then it goes into Immersion) .   Pretty wild I can literally feel my brain response . Some days I actually feel hung over from it other days huge clarity. But then I am also presently working with Chopra and Oprah’s 21 day live streaming meditation. This particular series is called “Getting Unstuck “.

SO what is the point of my rambling when I know my priorities of today are NOT writing on this blog? Well by break of dawn today  I was tending to pool matters and tree watering and then with the beautiful sunrise and decided to do Chopra/Oprah’s mediation while taking a brief  walk. This entailed  re-listening to day 9 of “Getting Unstuck”  (which seems to be VERY much issue for me.)

Re-listening seems to be important  cause it seems so often I forget what was said or REALLY struggle with the silent mantra mediation that is probably around 10 minutes (?) of the whole thing. WOW as I walked quietly at sunrise I found I was MUCH better at staying with the mantra than when I sit or lie down  (anytime of day.)

Considering that I have been enjoying a summer practice of doing laps 4-5 days a week for 40-65 minutes each swim, I can not help but wonder what it would be like to listen with water proof ear buds  and waterproof iPhone or iPod…ugh sounds like too much more set up to swim. SO for  now… I am  aware that the mind has endless ability to explore AND  find focus as I glide through the water, or walk , or hike, but for me the “skill set” of sitting or lying  in meditation and keeping a mantra  still does not compare. Still working on it though 🙂

Namaste.

PS my run on sentences in my writing  that my blog software gently reminds me of will hopefully improve as my mantras get more locked down 🙂

 

What happens when you fall in love with your summer fling?

I know what it feels like to feel like dirt. In more ways than I wish to share. But when the outside temperature is past 103 degrees (as it was today on Oct 1 ) and it has been that way for months,  I accept the fact that I have truly , passionately fallen in love with my summer fling.

Ok …. as you probably know if you read my posts and know me at all I am one of those crazy people that do not give up gardening in the brutal heat of the desert southwest summer. Honestly though by 9am I am drenched in my own salt and wiped out, but really gardening is just not the same as good old outdoor exercise and I do love the outdoors. BUT , I have NO desire to hike or walk and ride or even get in and out of cars in this heat. AND thanks to my husband I have become much more protective of my skin than I did for way too many years. Gone are the days of hiking in shorts and tank tops for me.

But I have a very true confession. This summer I fell madly and passionately in love and although I have not thrown caution to the wind completely  ( I have taken many measures to protect myself  ) I know I am still very vulnerable .

I have grown passionately in love with  doing laps at the Scottsdale City  Aquatic Center!  Not exactly an extra marital affair so what is the big deal ?  Well sadly the  lap lane hours and my schedule have left me having to choose between truly safe swimming ( aka rarely due to the sun exposure ) or throwing caution to the wind and  swimming mid day with protection . Honestly there is just not enough protection ! With a swim shirt on and lubed up with what seems to be 1/2 tube of sunscreen per session I still know I am getting way more exposure than  is wise. AH, but the temperature of my body FINALLY internally REALLY cools down while I find the motivation to truly huff and puff , and  I watch my thoughts disappear into the water. I actually am beginning to think the meditation  and  breath work that goes on in my  40-60 minute lap sessions truly surpass any yoga class , definitely working out in a gym surrounded by the add of all the tv monitors and music and people to relate to as I attempt to find a mindful moment. -swimiming_in_gratitude©_2013_Linda_Enger_Photography7091

SO for now I am totally into my summer  love, and wondering how fickle my love will be. FYI my hiking boots have been getting used in the garden so they are not extremely jealous and get their fair share of my salt.

Meditation and naps and feeling delicious

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For years upon decades I always heard about meditation. I was so aware of the cornucopia  of techniques. I just never felt I did meditate. Well I have grown to see that differently . For some odd reason  the old philosophical question comes to mind “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” . If you fall asleep for an hour when you meditate and wake up more clear headed and relaxed, was it not a great session of mediation?

In all seriousness I can think of many meditation attempts where my head hurt from “trying ” to meditate.  With that said I have grown to find for me moving meditations during walking in nature at sunrise or sunset listening to certain kinds of music and consciously being aware of my breath, or swimming laps where breath is obviously a focus, and focusing my mind while I swim on an affirmation while swimming  have been great. I have also grown to really enjoy working on my meditation techniques using varied forms of mp3 or online support through headphones. Unfortunately many of the ones I tried did not inspire me… AND  I used to think that  it was a cheat, that it was not totally self generated. NOT anymore.  But for some time now I have found  a very special love of my at home meditation breaks during the day with   yoga nidra, Silva Meditation techniques, or now also exploring Centerpointe’s Holosync. I am not going to say it has worked for me to meditate upon waking, like some folks I know.  BUT taking a break during the day …. yummy! When I “wake up”  from 60  minutes of meditation …. I am feeling mighty  delicious! I may be falling asleep during meditation  but for me…. I would say that is not such a bad thing 🙂 How about you?

45 minutes multi- tasking while doing laps.

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I have been “attempting” to have a daily gratitude, meditation  and affirmation  and visualization practice for years and years…. and can honestly not tell you how hard it has been. True ugly confession. I have fallen off those wagons many a time to be run over ( in my own mind)  by the daily meditation wheels of enlightenment.

Intellectually I feel they are all truly wonderful and helpful and blah blah blah!

Consistency . Really does make a difference. That is exactly my challenge. Dirty secret.

Well as long as it is  a desirable temperature for me for swimming  I think I have found a really cool ( pun intended ) way to keep up my practice . 45 minutes doing laps.  I breath really well when I swim, and I am in isolation and then lock my brain in on repeating, affirmations, gratitude list, mantra , rinse repeat , stroke, breath, stroke, breath…. 45minutes later….. ah…..

Please let me know if you try it what you think. Can be the difference of going from dirt to delicious !