I just got home from a weekend meditation retreat at the Chopra Center. This is the only photograph I took the entire time. This morning I put my feet in the hot tub and watched golfers in the rain. It was very nice.
I have long had a spiritual quest. Slowly information has been gathering in my spirit and bubbling away. However, with a busy school year, it had already been months since I last meditated. This weekend was a much needed reboot of my spiritual journey. I was grateful for 3, 30 minute meditations, 2 asana practices and instruction in meditation.
I’ve walked away with garbled notes, many ideas and a very strong sense of “rightness” (confidence?) in the path I am taking.
Set intentions, remain open to the journey.
Much of the weekend repeated concepts I have learned from my past experiences in Landmark Education, yoga training and reading books by Pema Chodron or Eckhart Tolle. Once again I ask myself what choices am I making unconsciously (my ongoing food addiction!)? What will I place into the void, the emptiness the clean slate that is my life? What does an effortless life filled with joy look like?
I have ideas and plans and hopes and desires. I have and will continue to share these and allow the universe to conspire to support me in the best manner possible.
Currently I am manifesting a Dharma year. I can see a path ahead where I am able to spend a full year immersed in the act of creating.
This morning I woke up early and meditated. Tomorrow I would like to do the same. I would like to move about my days in a conscious planned manner to ensure I get things done and can make room for meditation.
If you are new to meditation, I think this weekend is a wonderful tool to invite you into this positive addition to your life. Meditation is medicine.
For those of you who would like to meditate more frequently, let’s hold each other accountable! (Gently) My goal is to wake 30 minutes earlier than usual and meditate. Then, before leaving work, spend 30 minutes in meditation. What is yours?