I am so grateful for learning these tools to help me contain each day. I had a busy day yesterday and it could have turned into a hectic one if I had let it. I had the grounding of my morning measured breath meditation to help steady me as the pace of the day’s activities hastened. And I remembered to remember to consciously turn back to my breath whenever I felt myself getting edgy or feeling crowded by my reaction to the day’s exertions. Last night as I breathed through my “Meditation for Stress Reduction”, or as I like to call it, the “Letting Go of the Day Meditation”, I felt the release little by little, breath by breath, of the concerns of my day. I had left a number of things unfinished, which in the past would have haunted me straight into my dreams and into my next days until they were completed. However, this wonderful practice has brought such peace into my life. I am now able to breathe in the prana, that rich and powerful life force, as a kind of steadying energy, helping me to slow down and ease myself out of the tensions I seem to wrap up within myself during the day. And as I exhale, I am now able to let go of any attachment I may have to getting anything further done for this day. This is a truth after all. I am quite spent and in need of the blessed recharge that sleep affords. And this meditation gives me access to such a deep and powerful sleep. I end my day confident that I have done the best that I can, that I can do no more, and that I am satisfied with my accomplishments. I am at peace and feel I can relax not only physically, but in all other ways. No looming deadlines or responsibilities hover over me to nag and disturb my slumber. This practice allows me to put them to bed as well.
My morning 5x5x5 meditation went quickly again this morning. I sat on the back porch at dawn in crisp but relatively warm air, still moist from the recent rains, all around me heavily laden with the morning’s dew. I began my conscious breathing routine and imagined Tommy and the rest of The Bookenders here, at least in spirit, presencing themselves on the porch me, taking in the prana with me. The air was sweet, holding the promise of the fall harvest to come. The squirrel tribe seems to realize that they must wait to gather the waiting acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, and other delicacies awaiting them in the valley until the sun and the air dry things out here. My nostrils, throat, and lungs feel so gently nourished by this air. A nearby wren bursts into song, treating me to yet another moment of joy in these woods. To be able to do this practice in such luxurious conditions is really just a wonderful way to set the front end of my day. I feel centered and grounded into my breath and my heartbeat, and by anchoring here, I then move forward into my day confident that I will meet the challenges and joys coming, however they present themselves, heartened that I start precisely where I am in the moment and move forward from there. This is The Bookend Meditation for today. Sat Nam!
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