Today was the first snowfall while living on the boat. It was beautiful. Peaceful. Gracie loves the snow and there was no one at the beach so I let her run off leash for a bit. It’s all going to vanish in the rain this afternoon…but for a little while this morning I stayed outside, clearing the snow from the steps and the dock, and simply breathing in the beauty, the stillness, the quiet, the moment.
One of my daily practices is meditation. Sometimes I meditate for 5 minutes, other days I could stay there for hours. I never know what’s in store and that’s okay. I learned long ago not to be rigid in my practice but to let it be what it is.
I think that’s what keeps many people from doing it. They have an expectation of what it ‘should’ be so they think they can’t do it. But there are many ways to meditate…this morning walking in the stillness and quiet of the snowfall was a kind of meditation.
When my children were very young, I would put them on the living room floor to play in the afternoon and lay on the couch and close my eyes for 15 minutes. It wasn’t napping, I could hear them if something went awry, but I was also somewhere else. It wasn’t until I started a meditation practice that I realized I’d been meditating most of my life.
One of the simplest ways to begin a meditation practice is to use guided meditations. Allow someone to lead you on a meditative journey rather than trying to sit in silence if you’re not used to doing so. Sitting still for most of us can be excruciating in this go, go, go culture…and I believe it is completely necessary to get out of survival mode, heal our nervous systems, and create a state of flow in our lives. To get out of the madness of culture and step into our true nature.
So, today, I created a guided meditation for you. I call it Grounding & Light and you can listen to it here:
I hope you find this nourishing, soothing, calming and life affirming.
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