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Have you ever tried to clear your head for half an hour and breathe deeply?
Have you ever tried to stop the thoughts pounding your brain, problems encroaching your clarity and the to-do list preventing you from slowing your breathing?
I have tried. Many times. Only to have one of three things happen......
1. The phone rings WITHIN 20 SECONDS
2. A voice shouts 'Mom' WITHIN 45 SECONDS
3. The worries/thoughts/ideas seep back into the sacred space I've supposedly created in my brain. WITHIN 1 MINUTE!
Meditation is all the rage these days. If we could all meditate for half an hour every morning and clear our heads from the tangled web of thoughts in our brains, our stress levels would drop, we could lower our blood pressure and our days would be more productive, calmer and enriched. At least that is what articles on meditation promise us.
I know it takes practice and I would love to be able to accomplish it more often and for a reasonable period of time. Part of the success of meditation is staying present and in the moment -listening to the sounds around you, feeling your body sitting in your chair, being aware of your fingers and toes, focusing on your breathing.........This I can normally do for about 3 minutes with the help of these meditations! ( Thank you Abby.) How about you?
So how did I manage to find a method that enabled me to remain in the moment without being overwhelmed by a thought bombardment for a full half hour?
We are at the beach and the weather is perfect. Warm and breezy without humidity. I decided to take a walk and with my trusty iphone with me, I set the timer for 30 minutes.
I thought that as I was walking I would take photographs of different things that caught my eye. I probably took 20 pictures or more.
This decision made me focus on my surroundings and without realizing it, I did not think about anything else for 30 minutes -Not one thought about what to make for dinner or if we have enough milk in the fridge?
Not one moment thinking I must get my 12 year old to read more/ practice for his Bar Mitzvah/ order his textbooks or get school supplies.
No panic about what on earth I am going to write about in my next blog post or whether my 18 year old has signed up for whatever it is he needs to do for freshman year at college.
I absorbed the sunshine and calm.
I listened to the rhythm of the waves and
watched the sandpipers
artfully run from the
It was the most refreshing, successful walking meditation I have ever managed -made possible because of an iphone camera.
Taking pictures kept me in the moment and cleared my head. It was a tonic to the crazy brainstorm I normally inhabit.
Have you ever tried to meditate? Have you found an easy way to clear your head? If you try my method, please tell me how it goes and send me some pictures of your walk.
Have a wonderful week.
Here are some of the pictures I took on my meditation on the move.....( All photos are my own. Please ask me before using. TYVM)
|wild flowers & beautiful butterfly|
|path to the beach|
|sea meets shore|
|A seagull stands its ground|
|Sea and silhouette of me|
|water is so clear|
|flowers on the walk back|
|Perfect day for the beach|
|view from one of the house windows|
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