The last 2 or 3 (or is it 4?) weeks have been hectic and mentally stressful for a number of reasons.
I’ve felt the need to find a moment to stop… I’ve almost felt the calling more and more to meditate.
I do struggle with meditation. I can’t shut down the noose in my mind.
So I don’t do it…
But I need it!
So, to get better I need to practice.
And I need a relaxing space to do it…
So a few simple things…
Comfy bean bag… scented candles… and some peaceful music to reduce the background noise…
Today I sat there for 15 minutes… my mind didn’t shutdown. But I did settle into the enjoyment of not having to do anything in that moment.
I enjoyed the scent of vanilla from my right and Cranberry to the left…
And the relaxing mellow music in my ears helped to drown out distractions of traffic… and the washing machine!
When I was done, I blew out each of the 4 vanilla candles with a gratitude for each.
– thanks for the air we breathe
– thanks for the ground that grows our food
– thanks for the water that we drink
– thanks for the fire which keeps us warm
And as I blew out the cranberry candle
– thanks for the love in my life
This set me up well to tackle the day ahead which I dived into and completed with more ease than my earlier mind anticipated.