Wednesday, March 13, 2013
That was the centering thought of the Day 2 Chopra meditation. I had not intended to sign up for this quarter's 21-day meditation challenge, but I realized that the sleepless periods resulting from severe jet lag created open times just right for meditation.
Something that struck me in this meditation was the need to be open to spontaneity and welcome surprise...things I am not normally good at. I make list after list and plan trips and events almost to the minute, so I wasn't sure spontaneity and surprise would make me feel less stressed. However, what happened at the end of my meditation clued me in to the fact that sponteneity and surprise don't have to result in tumultuous upheaval. When I opened my eyes, on the wall I was facing was a gecko scampering across. I was absolutely delighted by my little surprise! I've lived in the tropics twice before, and geckos are known for bringing good luck (in addition to eating yucky insects). The sight of that little creature brought back some great memories and helped drive home the message of the meditation.