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April 26, 2015

An Ideal Day of Meditation

My desire for everyone, including myself this year in 2015 is that we all prosper and be of good health.  I promised to take good care of myself, whether that meant detoxing from bad relationships or being physically healthy, or treating myself like I really like myself or for that matter, love myself.  One way I do this is to take time for me even if I only have time to squeeze in a day here and there. 







I know what I need from a retreat and have discovered what others wish for when taking time to relax and release.  This is one of the reasons, I now offer retreats for those with various needs; whether it’s dealing with crisis, trauma, interpersonal violence, self care, or just time away from the daily grind. 


Relax and Breathe

My most recent retreat was a meditation retreat.  I have meditated in the past, but nothing as specific and detailed as the retreat this weekend.  I walked in not knowing what to do or how to act, introduced myself to our small group and only half way through the day, the instructor and one of my classmates commented on my radiance and how I seemed like a different person only after a couple of hours.  I didn’t know what to expect, but came away with a greater understanding of myself and was able to listen to my body for direction.

Although we had a small group, there was such diversity and I had great conversations with many of my fellow "meditators"; some from Panama, Russia, and India.  I met a young lady who was new to the country and was a very pleasant presence during the day.  We connected on an interesting level while we chatted about our background, education, work and family.  On our walk toward the end of the day, she asked me “what do you really want to do in life”?  It caught me a little off guard, not the question, but my hesitation in answering it.  I’ve always prided myself in being clear minded and purposeful, but when she asked I paused for a few moments.  I answered and shared my heart’s desire, as I have on this site for a couple of years now.  I must say it felt “freeing” in a way to just express this purpose out loud and have someone that I just met a few hours before support me with such genuineness.  I encourage everyone to find out what their heart’s desire is, express it and move forward toward making it a reality.

Lakeside

For me, this expression of purpose came after spending time quietly connecting with myself during the class time.  It came after learning and practicing Pranayama, Tratakam and Mantras.  It came after looking at the sun through closed eyes and being present with nature.  It came after writing in my meditation diary and clarifying my mind and lifting my spirit.  It also came surprisingly by sharing an amazing Ayurvedic meal with my new meditation friends sharing culture, new foods, travel stories and how to put our day all together in a neat little package. 



Sambar

When you have a tough day, a tough week or even a tough year it’s important to take time and retreat.  Even if it’s in a chair in the corner you ordain as your space and take 15-20 minutes to connect, be silent and listen, you have to give that gift to yourself.  You are worth more. 

Now breathe in and let it out.  

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