I feel grateful and accomplished having entered into Yoga Journal’s Meditation Revolution Week 3. As a woman who has on and off practiced meditation, I have been ‘off’ of that bandwagon for many years, only tapping into conscious breathing to find moments of calm or perspective.
Sitting for daily meditation for two weeks and now entering my third, I do notice more access to overall calm. The benefits I feel after each meditation practice are that I feel more present and centered. I feel grateful for the self-love and care that I am taking with each seated practice. The first week’s practice was about 9 minutes. The second week’s practice was 11 minutes. Now in the third week, the practice is about 14 minutes.
We each have at least those amount of minutes to find quiet, seated, meditation time for ourselves. Sally Kempton guides the meditation with reminders to resume focus on the breath or mantra. She allows for silent meditation minutes and signals the ending with a chime of a temple bell. It’s almost too easy to pass up, dear Ones out there!
A steady sense of Wholeness and the reality of self-love in my life resonates with maintaining my meditation practice. I sit and breathe, mentally saying Ham Sa with each inhalation and exhalation. Even though thoughts arise and pass through my mind, I can also hold the sense of calm within my heart and spirit.
At the beginning and end of each meditation sitting, Sally Kempton guides practitioners to offer our practice to those we love, to the welfare of all being, to the healing of the Earth or in whatever loving direction we choose. I make sure to offer my practice outwardly to whomever bubbles up into my mind -and- to my own beautiful Self.
Today the words “steady sense of Wholeness” moved into replace “unshakeable sense of Wholeness.” I wonder if this is because as I have maintained my wellness and self-love practices, I am starting to experience my own inner steadiness. This is not novel although new in its foundation setting feeling.
I thank my dear Self for sticking with me and integrating my lifetime of learning so that I have been able to arrive at this peaceful, steady place.
I have been away from consistent, strong-enough internet service that effectively loads my online guided meditations. That’s okay and even beneficial as instead I have set a 15 minute timer that ends with harp music sounds. I feel accomplished and proud that I have learned skills to support this. I appreciate the quiet time to meditate without verbal cues. I feel thankful to be deepening and continuing my meditation practice, gaining gems from each sitting.