In search of mindfulness

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I thought meditation was a load of old bollocks I have to say. I use to hate sitting still, I didn’t want to focus on my body I just wanted to get out and do stuff. In 2008, I took a two-month vacation from my life and, as I have mentioned here before, spent time ‘working on myself’ at The Perth Clinic which was an excellent place for me to be at that time.

It’s a little embarrassing to admit but I was reading GOOP about 6 weeks ago and stumbled up a post titled Time Saving Apps. In there, was a not so seriously named OMG I can Meditate App. It piqued my interest.

You see some 8 weeks ago my beloved partner was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer. At the age of 65, the doctors were amazing that a man of his age should contract this type of cancer; reserved mostly for young men of 20 – 30 years of age. I was beside myself.

It’s been a bit of a hard year and I just didn’t know how I was going to take this onboard as well. Having gone to the Dr and getting the usual sleeping pills and valium, I drove home from the pharmacist thinking – there just has to be another way. I cannot ‘drug’ my way through this crisis in my life. I just didn’t want to.

It was about 5 days after that Gwyneth, of all people, came knocking on my door this this little app.

Around the same time I met up with a very old friend and business mentor who had just finished a leadership course at Harvard Business School. Not only did she tell me how tough it was (duh!) but, surprisingly, she also told me that a lot of it was taken up with mindfulness and meditation. Go figure, the world really gives you what you need, when you need it.

So I clicked on the OMG app that night and started. It’s been around 5 weeks now and some days are much tougher than others to get into the zone, but it has really given me a sense of well being where I have not needed to take anything to sleep. Not only that I can concentrate on my work much more and feel a lot more productive.

I have enjoyed it so much so that I have now joined a 5 week course at the Perth Meditation Centre, luckily enough for me it’s just around the corner from home. I start on the 07/10 and I cannot wait to see how I progress.

There are a number of great resources online that I have also been reading – my favourite so far is Tara Brach. Well worth a listen.

I took this shot at the Sand patch just outside of Albany this weekend. Now this would be a beautiful place to meditate.

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