Once I started opening myself to see through the eyes of my heart the divine aspects of life became evident everywhere I looked. A new kind of art appeared as dew on spiderwebs. The whisper of a breeze through a forest of balsam pine stole my breath and held me back from turning the radio on. The many scents of a spring day awakened my own rebirthing. Magic awaited my conscious recognition around every corner.
The keys to this zenith arrived with one simple addition to my daily schedule. Meditation swept me away like Alice down the rabbit hole. I traded a few minutes of house cleaning, reading, or stitchery for a scant hour of bliss by meditating a minimum of five days per week for up to an hour at the same time each day as the sun began its descent. I treated the daily jaunts into my inner depths as an adventure into unexplored territory. As the door opened to my heart so did the wonder and awe I remembered from childhood. The world came alive with color, sound, sensation, and the delicious changing scents of each season. Dreams called forth symbols and offered messages unlike the old mundane wanderings of my resting mind. Loneliness fled as I began to discern a tangible life force in trees, plants, rocks, and water and my heart opened to friendships with all of creation.
Perhaps you don’t have forty-five minutes or an hour to dedicate to meditation yet, most can squeeze out ten or fifteen minutes upon waking or just before sleep. As a species we are far too busy and frenetic these days and time to chill out is not only refreshing and necessary, but also well-earned. Meditation carries an added benefit that it can be done by anyone whether you are religious or not.
Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Take slow rhythmic breaths, holding for four seconds at the end of the inhale and exhale; once you are comfortable you can increase the pauses to seven seconds. If you are tempted to fall asleep you may try focusing on a point on the inside of your forehead. If you are distracted simply remind yourself to return your focus. Falling asleep is not the end of the world so if you are starting your practice before work or a pending appointment it is probably a good idea to set an alarm with a gentle wake-up sound.
Okay. Now you have opened the door. Whether or not you take the time to meditate, just by reading this you are ready to bring more presence to your day. Here are seven things to watch for or try out once you step over the threshold:
When you are done with this list you may wish to expand to more things in your environment and see on a deeper level. Can you envision a tree as another being? Can you see an ant as a vital part of our ecosystem? There is so much more to daily life than we allow for. As you bring more consciousness and presence to each step throughout the day, you can see and appreciate more which makes for a happier you overall. Try meditation or at least slow down as you move through the day and notice your surroundings. Enjoy the peace that comes with really seeing and being grateful for all you have.
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Blessings on this International Day of Peace!