Each day, from April 2015 through to May, 2016.
Each day, from April 2015 through to May, 2016.
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.
As you can tell, it was a pretty tough August as well but I need to get back on track.
This has been my September. I cannot lie. It’s been hard but the lessons are worth it.
The site of: the clock letting me know the day is nearly over
The sound of: quiet in at work
The touch of: cold water whilst washing my hands
The smell of: clean clothes
The taste of: yogurt and cucumber
An amazing woman, I am currently doing her October challenge. It’s not a fitness program but something so much more about defending yourself and being strong. I encourage you to check it out here.
We are on day six now and this is the quote of the day. I am sure she will not mind me posting just the quote – it was too powerful not to and rings so true to where I am at the moment.
This is making its rounds around Facebook at the moment, but boy is it inspirational and so very true. Well worth sharing with you here if you haven’t seen it yet.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
The site of: new packages arriving from Ebay
The sound of: being able to listen to music at work
The touch of: my two dogs wet noses in the morning
The smell of: Indian food floating through the open door
The taste of: steamed spinach and tomato with salt and pepper
The site of: Satuday
The sound of: a really honest conversation with someone I admire
The touch of: new makeup on my skin
The smell of: the sea at night time – that delicious salty air
The taste of: espresso granita with chantilly cream at Cott & Co.