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Reflections on Meditation

Friday, March 08, 2013

This morning started out rough. Both of my sons wet the bed early this morning. I left for work without having breakfast, taking my medications, without my lunch, and about twenty minutes late for work. So I missed my morning meditation before work. The first few appointments this morning didn't flow well. I finally took the opportunity I have been talking about. I set a timer, went into the quiet room, and had 15 minutes of meditation in the late morning. And the day got better. It was a quiet day, but a good day. I am glad I finally took the time.

I want to thank you for all of the comments and support you have given me in blogging about this. One comment that came up again and again is that people have tried meditation but cannot quiet/still their mind. That's the beauty of it. You don't have to. In mindfulness meditation, there is recognition that the mind's job is to think, to be active. You increase awareness, learn to be more present in the moment by focusing on a single thing, like the breathe. When you notice your mind has wandered, you simply direct it back to the focus. No judgement, no criticism, just awareness. The more you do it, your brain becomes re-wired and it slowly infiltrates other aspects of you life. I have not meditated daily, but it has really changed my life.

I hope that some of you will try it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

  
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DRB13_1 3/9/2013 2:44AM

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looking forward to Salter Path

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LEANIE64 3/8/2013 10:27PM

    I doubt if I will try it..but glad it works for you !!

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Welcoming Advice

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Today I do not have any funny stories, or sage words of advice. I do have a question: has anyone reading this found a way to make meditation a daily practice? If you have, what steps did you take to do so? I welcome any recommendations or advice offered.

  
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COLT2008 3/7/2013 10:51PM

    I have a reminder set in my iCloud for the same time every day, this blocks it off from me scheduling anything else during my quiet time.

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BRANDTSGIRL 3/7/2013 7:49PM

    Your been give good advice, don't you just love SP and your spark friends I sure do:)

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NEW-PAMELA-BERG 3/7/2013 6:51PM

    I find it easiest to meditate first thing in the morning. I start with a list of what I am thankful for (including waking up each day). Same as the exercise streaks count with just 10 minutes 5-10 minutes of meditation on a regular basis can lead to great things. Best wishes on finding what works for you and your schedule. emoticon

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TWNOMWE 3/7/2013 6:17PM

    That is one thing that I have failed to master. My mind wonders every time I think of meditation. But I think sitting in a quite place and focusing on calming your thoughts would be a start. ( working it).

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MARCIAC10 3/7/2013 3:51PM

    I use my calendar reminders on my phone to remind me to track food and to exercise. When they become a habit, I can take the reminders off. I have them set to alert me, too, so I can't ignore them! This has helped me in so many different areas! Maybe you have some way of setting up an alert to remind you it's time to meditate.

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Meditation: Room For Improvement

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Today is Wednesday, day five of trying to implement a new healthy habit. I have been working on taking my meditation practice to a new level, making it a daily practice. I have made some gains, having meditated at least briefly every day. But there is still room for improvement. I have been meditating every morning. It has made every day go a little better. I mentioned in an earlier blog that I keep thinking about sneaking in a few minutes of mindfulness in the middle of every day. Today I attended an hour long mindfulness class, and it was great. There is something about meditating in a group that is very uplifting and supportive. Now the goal is to bring some mindfulness to the middle of my day, every day. I will start with every other day. I am looking forward to it.

  
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NEW-PAMELA-BERG 3/8/2013 10:59PM

    I had another thought on this. Someone once told me to watcha cat or dog get up in the morning (don't know if you have pets)...dogs stretch briefly, cats stretch slightly longer, this is how we humans should do it, not begin the day until we have stretched (meditate). Then there's the dog routine of circling in the bed before laying down...that is the "unwind" period we all need to help us rest peacefully at night. emoticon

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FRENCHIFAL 3/7/2013 9:04AM

    This is such a great goal! I still have trouble with meditation - making my mind shut off is hard for me, I'm such a worrier! A meditation/mindfulness class sounds amazing! Good for you for going, and focusing on such a wonderful habit!!

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Meditation: Day by Day

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Today was it brief. I think my all time fastest meditation session. Four minutes before the day's activities interrupted and duty called. I think I have already mentioned that every morning before work, I turn off the radio in my car and take a few moments to reflect and center. I may not have mentioned that work is located in strip mall. So I park in the parking lot of strip mall, turn off the radio, close my eyes and usually do a quick body scan or awareness of breathe meditation. This morning I felt like I had just began when someone knocked on my window. It was a client on her way into the animal hospital, bringing her cat to see me. She called out to me: "Dr Simone, are you ok?" It never occurred to me that it might look odd to someone else. So yes, I did meditate today, but not for long. I did eat about half of my lunch mindfully. And it was good. I have found a few minutes every day this week. Tomorrow will be good. It's my day off, and I will attend a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham. Although I only found a few minutes today, they were good minutes, and the benefit lasted much longer than that.

  
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MLH148 3/6/2013 6:53AM

    This is amusing to me -- someone concerned about your healthy habit ("are you sick? You're not eating too much!").
Sounds as though your habit is developing and paying off. Great!

I usually listen to news in the car and sometimes have to turn it off or it ruins my day. Good reminder. Thanks!.

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WORDGIRL830 3/5/2013 11:26PM

    This is a habit I need to pick up. Great job!

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MSGO72 3/5/2013 11:04PM

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Measuring Progress; Daily Meditation

Monday, March 04, 2013

How will I keep track of my progress, stay motivated, and how will I measure the results of my bid to make meditation a daily practice? I think this is both the simplest, and yet the most intangible parameter to measure. To keep track, I simply report to you all. To stay motivated, I am accountable to you all, and to myself. And, if I reflect on the wonderful benefits of meditation, that should be motivation enough.
Measuring the benefits is a little more challenging. How do you measure the release of tight muscles in your chest, the calming of butterflies in your stomach, the ability to stay calm in the midst of: one son climbing the stairs on the wrong side of the banister, a cat throwing up a hair ball on the carpet, a pot boiling over on the stove, one of the dogs chewing up a boy's treasured toy, and the other son salting the cat. That all really happened one day, within about a 15 minute span.
The answer is that you can't measure it. But you know there has been a change. And the change it good. And it makes life better. So you do it again.....

  
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TWNOMWE 3/5/2013 9:28AM

    You have very imaginative boys!!
Yes measuring benefits is when you find you did not overreact to a stressful situation that you know could have set you off. So emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 3/4/2013 9:38PM

    You have a good plan to get your new habit to become regular and should be successful. What with everything going on in your life the new habit of meditation will be good for you!

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CHARLIE-B 3/4/2013 8:15PM

    Sounds like you really need this new habit! I mean really in 15 minutes! Daily meditation is a wonderful habit for anyone, I know you will enjoy it. emoticon

Hugs,
Charlie

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SUNSHINE192DAY 3/4/2013 6:48PM

    I need to learn how to meditate too! Sounds like you have a very full life! I wish you luck with your goals!

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GEMINISUE 3/4/2013 5:50PM

    Each serene moment becomes more special, the older one is!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 3/4/2013 5:50PM

    Salting the cat. How does one salt a cat? You mean he put salt on the cat? Oh my. :) that sounds like one heck of a day. Some meditation would definitely be needed at THAT moment.

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Meditation is a wonderful thing!

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CMFARRELL36 3/4/2013 5:17PM

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Yes, there's no price you can put on something like inner peace.

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