I don’t seem to be able to master the walking option in this practice but have found bringing attention down to the feet helpful …
If a situation and the thoughts surrounding it are particularly difficult I suggest choosing a physical activity on which to focus your attention. This could be the sensation of walking or on the feeling of your feet against the floor. Bringing attention down to your feet can be very helpful, as many people have found when emotions are running very strongly.
~ Padraig O’Morain
Padraig O’Morain, Mindfulness for Worriers
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Lavender brushes against her hand
Memories rise of a lost time
Soft sachets tied with ribbon
Perfumed drawers just divine
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A little late sitting to meditation this morning, but it was still worth it …
The deep stillness we seek does not arise because the world is still, or the mind is quiet. Stillness is nourished when we allow things to be just as they are for now, in this moment, breath by breath.
~ Mark Williams
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One of my favourite ways of pressing pause to manage stress and tension throughout the day – 7 Deep Breaths, a spot meditation from Matt Young over at Melbourne Meditation Centre. The biggest challenge? Remembering to do it …
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Links to Beyond Blue’s selection of relaxation techniques, and the Centre for Clinical Interventions excellent script for Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
feel it. the thing that you don’t want to feel. feel it. and be free.
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.
~ Frederick Buechner
Frederick Buechner – Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation
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I was at the zoo in Naples, Florida traveling around and caught this photo of gentlemen looking up at the giraffes. Suddenly this giraffe came down and they both stared at each other intently for a minute in a gaze of mutual wonderment.
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Sleeping deeply, eyes snap open
Heart racing, mind racing, trembling, sweating, gulping air
Panic … dying …
Sitting up; straighten back, hands in lap
Raging storm persisting
One, one, two, two, three, three, four, four, five, five … one, one …
Slowly … slowly … slowly quietening …
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