Love (My)steryPosted: November 19, 2013 Filed under: Random Workout, Yoga | Tags: Alternative, blogging, compassion, cycling, exercise, family, fitness, free range, freshly pressed, friends, gluten free, happiness, health, hope, Jain meditation, kindness, life, love, lululemon, marathon, meditation, Mindfulness, motivation, musings, nature, Omaha, pain, passion, pilates, Religion and Spirituality, running, trail running, whole foods, Zen 6 Comments
There are no facts, only interpretations-
When I began walking my current path, my motivation was existential …
I struggled each painful morning to answer burning questions such as Who am I? What is my true nature? What is the nature of the world around me? These questions still linger to this day, although meditation practice and mindfulness practice in particular, have helped to define the path unfolding in front of me.
During a painful period recently, with profound feelings of sadness. In one sense, I tried to be gentle with myself, allowing my body ample time before engaging it fully. As time went on, motivated by the desire to be fully alive and fully functioning, I began to observe closely just how my pain constituted and unfolded, how I participated in it, and how my attentiveness and lack of it affected “things.”
When I was aware and mindful, I would be feeling fine and then – within a moments notice … I would find myself back at the start. When I was able to both engage and observe, I could begin to see that my experience began as a kind of spasm, a contraction, a rushed breathe. I could notice (however arduous as it was to stay present) how my manner of paying attention, what I attended to and how, could either accelerate or decelerate the rhythm of the process.
Attention to the process is what meditation brings to my life, especially when the dynamic themes play, like a broken record.
We may not be able to control what arises each and every day. However we do have a say in how we respond, moment to moment … These fruits of daily life, can be liberating.
I enjoyed reading your post this morning. In my experience I’ve found that what I pay ATTENTION to and what I pay INTENTION are sometimes two very different things.
In the event you don’t make it back over to Speaking from the Heart, I wanted to say here too, that the shirt arrived yesterday. THANK YOU!
I’m sitting at Starbuck’s right now because we’ve been out of power at home since Sunday when we got hammered by the storm that swept through the midwest. The power company assures us that our “sector” should be back up and running by 3pm this afternoon.
I feel like I should be thanking you, for your inspiration and kindness. 🙂
Oh, how fitting: the image pf “a spasm, a contraction a rushed breath…” Thank you for the gentle, insightful post.
Its my pleasure and thank you, dearly, for stopping over. Take care and please be well. 🙂
thank you friend, there are many inspirational articles
Your kind thoughts mean so very much to me, thank you my friend.