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Love this poem by Wendell Berry, so full of hope and light.

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“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

~Wendell Berry

This poem was given to me by a special soul friend.

It is written for sharing

Re post it  someone  today, least we forget  that  Love beats  silently underneath the noise and confusion of everyday life.

Hugs and Love

Marie Therese

Day 10: The Inward Journey: If you do what your Irish Mammy says, you will always find your way home.

IMG_1926I believe, every journey begins with a single step and this step is more enjoyable when it is shared with a friend and on the 27th of May in this year of 2015, we became travelling companions.

It has been an incredible honor for me to be out here blogging in cyberspace, every Monday and Wednesday and to observe that at times, I have up to 70 people reading my posts. I hope you are enjoying reading them as much as I like writing them. Like you I see myself as a student of life, always learning and asking why?

It is fantastic when you think about it, us humans,  live, eat, sleep, procreate and die just like every other animal on this planet we call Earth. Any yet, for some strange reason we can read and write thus allowing us the opportunity to do as we wish. Furthermore, every solitary single human-being  in the whole wide world, is unique. I am unique. You are unique.   And, behind all that again there is something else that is not quite human, something which is beyond words, beyond activity and definitely beyond the brief of this blog! But that will not  stop me from trying to understand and share my thought with you.

Since we started on May 27th we have looked at ways to discover our ‘True Potential’ ,as well considering the actions and beliefs that are harmful to health. We began in late May  by looking at that inner dialogue that chatters consistently inside the mind and we called this inner babbling black noise. Then, we considered  different  ways  to silence this black noise, including Progressive Muscle Relaxation- Day 4 on 17th June, Meditation- Day 2 & 3 in early June respectively. We noted that the practice of meditation allows us to become aware of subtle transformations in our entire being, body mind and spirit. Experiencing the abiding silence within, settles the mind. When the mind is still we call this mindfulness.

When we are mindful we give our full attention to any activity no matter what it is, which means that we become energized rather than drained by action. In Day 7 – July 8, we looked at how to exercise mindfully. We mindfully tackled those ‘hated’ jobs on Day 8 – 22nd July as well as eating chocolate! Just for the fun of it!

Breath work is so important that we focused on it a lot, almost in every post there was a breath exercise. In this post there is an exception.

All of this activity is a journey towards something which I like to call The Real Me. As I have said so often I am not a theologian, I am more of a seeker, searching with you for the miraculous behind all things. This state of ‘Grace’  can be momentarily experienced during moments of silence, contemplation and meditation

As the famous writer and theologian Mark Twain says

‘Meditation shatters the illusion that we are separate from God, and each other and our world’

Note to self.

 MOMM

So let’s keep on trucking my friends, together we will find a way.

See you next week.

Hugs,

mt

It’s Monday’s. In 4 more days we will tackle those jobs you hate the mindful way, with the assistance of your Irish Mammy.

Just wondering how you are getting on with you mindful exercises?

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Not started yet?

No worries.

As my upbeat optimistic friend Cathy always says, ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’

I know it’s a platitude. Most truths often are.

So, on this Monday let’s do something together just for the fun of it.

No one will notice if  you stand on your toes and relax back onto the ball of each foot. Then do again for at least seven times and as you do really focus on the rise and fall of each foot.

Allow yourself to smile deep from within your heart, in salutation to your higher self, who is gradually appearing before your eyes.

Then smile again for the fun of it and enjoy.

Allow this  warm bubbly feeling to pour out to others from your smiling heart.

In the words of the fourteen century English mystic, Julian of Norwich

‘All shall be  well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well’

Note to self

No one will really notice you standing on your  toes, they will however enjoy your smile.

Have a great Monday you guys.

Hugs

Mt

PS. The next post will be in 4 days.

It will be a post on how to mindfully  tackle the jobs you hate, so that such activities will energize rather than drain you.

I will post on Friday instead of the usual Wednesday.

The reason for this is simple.

Today I am fasting as I head to an ancient site and place of pilgrimage known as Lough Derg. 

I started fasting at  12 midnight yesterday  and will remain fasting until Wednesday at 12 midnight. I will also aim  to remain alert and awake for 48 hours! How ‘ cracked’is that!!

The things this daft Irish Mammy will do in search of stillness and her eagerness to share it with you.

Hugs again you guys.

Have a great one! See ya on Friday 

from mt

 

Day 7: The Inward Journey: Finding the Real Me through Mindful Exercise. If you do what your Irish Mammy says, you will always find your way home.

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When the mind is fully engaged in the present, it is usually totally engrossed in what it is doing. Take the reading of an exciting book or the watching of a thriller movie, for example — all thoughts will remain with the activity and you will feel energized by it. This is referred to as focused attention or mindfulness and it is one of the most effective ways to develop and maintain a clear and uncluttered mind.

Many people waste the benefit of any exercise because they cannot rid their minds of idle chatter.

Have you gone for a walk and found that you spent the entire time talking to the person who decided to walk with you?

Note to self

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There are times when I absolutely love going out for a walk and a chat, especially with ‘himself’ as we climb over the ‘mountain’ which is really only a big hill but a mountain sounds impressive nonetheless, so a mountain it is then.

Now where was I ….yes we love to walk and talk……O dear!

Can you see where this is going…yup you have it, my mind is drifting like a rudderless boat in an endless sea of  conversations.

So we walk and talk which it itself is a very pleasant activity and good for marital bliss but bad for mindfulness. 

Sometimes we decide just to go for a walk  for the fun  of it and  ‘ talk the heads of each other’  other times when we are both feeling a bit exhausted we opt for the mindful way.

Happily, we now understand any activity – even the most tortuous exercise requires  far less effort and struggle when  practiced with  focused attention  and the reason for this is so obvious that we often overlook the simple truth that;

  • A focused mind is still
  • A still mind is relaxed
  • Relaxed muscles respond more effectively to than those in a tense state.

Conscious awareness or ‘Mindfulness’ is described by the Encarta Dictionary as a ‘form of being actively attentive or deliberately keeping something in mind’

It is possible to train the mind to focus on anything, both liked and disliked activities. However, when we are unfamiliar with this discipline, the mind, like a naughty child, will go wandering when it has to attend to what it considers it to be a boring, routine task.

So here is the thing, we can trick the mind to becoming still, if we take everyday tasks and do them in a  way that  invites  the mind to become  involved . When we keep the mind busy it has no time to drift all over the place.

I like to call this Mindful Exercise.

Mindful Exercise  as it is all about doing everyday undertakings extraordinary well with focused attention.

OK, so lets look at everyday undertakings.

Everywhere there are the lifts and escalators and  we hop on them mindless right?

Wrong! This is a bad habit that will effect our health and well-being.

Decide  today,

to use the stairs and as you do  

  • count the steps,
  • focus on your feet keep your mind clear
  • when your wanders bring it back. Look and your feet. Count slowly, rhythmically, one step at a time, without any effort what so ever

 More Mindful Exercise

Instead of driving the car or taking the bus, decide to walk mindfully and

  • Look down at your feet.
  • If you are wearing shoes and socks, thank them for keeping your feet warm, comfortable and dry. Better still, if you are barefoot become aware of the earth on which you stand and thank the earth for its gravity as you walk upright upon its soil.
  • Next allow your attention to focus on your legs and thank them, for transporting you and your body from place to place.
  • Then, take a slow deep breath and concentrate on the movement of each foot one step at a time
  • Become aware of the smells, the sights and  the sounds  around you without any effort whatsoever and smile.
  • If you mind wanders, take a slow deep breath and bring your attention back to the movement of each foot, one step at a time, without any effort whatsoever and smile

Continue walking this way as long as time allows.

When you are ready return to the business of the day, energized and refreshed, knowing that you can return to mindful exercise any time you choose.

Smile.

Homework assignment

  • For the next few days promise yourself that you will train your mind to become still through the practice of mindfulness.
  • If your mind is scattered and wandering all over the place, get it involved in any activity you are doing no matter how mundane it is.
  • Practice your smile and let it be a smile from your heart, without mind judgement or comment.

Note to self

MOMM

OK guys, Lets promise ourselves  to do these simple  mindful exercise for 30 minutes every day and observe how you are feeling emotionally, physical and spiritually.

It seems too simple to be true but then again the best things in life often are!

So until our next post on Day 8 I bid you adieu. The Real You is getting close.

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