ZION NATIONAL PARK
In this day and age meditation is not very well understood nor practiced because of our fast-paced lifestyle. So I wanted to share some of the benefits I have derived from a practice I formulated for myself many years ago. You see I always had difficulty with Meditation. I would sit and sit making laundry lists in my head, wondering what I would cook for dinner, remembering how annoyed I was at someone and what I should do about it, and on and on. This was in the early 80’s as I was just learning about meditation. After I joined the seminary that I was to be ordained in, meditation was an expectation. So, I had to figure out a way to make meditation work for me as an hour seemed like an eternity.
The first thing I did was to fixate on something. Since our eyes were supposed to be closed I opened them slightly and stared at my fingers in my lap. When the thoughts I wished would go away began to demand my attention, I counted; I realized that with the simple act of counting, that after a while I was able to feel more at ease. Sometimes, because I got lost in the numbers, before I knew it the bell sounded and an hour had passed.
Through my years of teaching, healing and developing many programs to help and empower others, I learned to love meditation. I learned how to tame those relentless thoughts racing through my brain; I discovered my own meditation path and for the most part it did not look like others’ meditation practices. What kept me going was the fact that I loved what happened to me in meditation, I loved the feelings of well-being, upliftment and open heartedness that stayed with me. Meditation is a refinement of all of those feelings and when you practice on a consistent basis, you are transported into a place I call Universal Intelligence. It is in this frequency anyone can connect with anything or anyone you wish to. My consciousness then becomes a channel for Universal Intelligence to flow through. Why meditation is so valuable is because it is the way to stay highly attuned to the vibrations of those you desire to communicate with.
Vipassana is an ancient meditation practice where you simply pay attention to your breath, watching your breath expand and contract, feeling the breath tickle your nostrils and expand your heart. Vipassana is also practiced through walking, I really loved that and practiced it walking my little dog Rugby. I learned through experience what it is to Be the Breath Of God, not something that you can easily explain, it is something you feel and know. As the trees bend to breathe with you and the flowers tickle your legs, as birds sing in the morning sunrise, and dogs bark hello to one another along the path.
When we arrived back home it was easy to keep that momentum going as I sat down to write or take care of the business at hand. I learned that in essence we are meditative beings who crave meditation. I want to offer you a different practice I call Momentary Meditation; a practice that has only one rule, finding something to feel good about and realizing your connection to it.
It has been very hot here in Las Vegas this week and I began to think how lovely it would be to feel the rain on my face, then last night we had thunder and lightening, 5 inches of rain in 30 minutes and I was in heaven. I loved feeling the rain drenching my body and delighted at the show of lightening all around our valley, better than the fireworks last week. Nature was really on it as it took my breath away. In that moment I felt the connection of Breath. I thought My World My Way, I realized how connected we all really are and I am writing from that place this morning.
Meditation is a constant in life. Meditation has a vibration to it that continually calls us to its bosom. Meditation is nurturing and positive for body, mind and spirit. Meditation is necessary to keep the vibration of well-being in tune with your whole self. Meditations are those moments when you are not thinking, planning or doing, those moments you deliberately let go of control, ahhh… hear that. Meditation is allowing and empowering your own freedom as you recognize you are connected to everything and everything is connected to you.
Summer is a meditation all on its own offering so many opportunities for Momentary Meditations. I am going to the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City Utah in a few days. There is a wildflower festival I am excited to experience, and on the way home I will drive through the Majestic Mountains of Zion.
On this trip I am deliberately choosing to attune myself to the flow of nature and connect with Shakespeare and see what he is up to. I want to take my meditation practice further, expand my consciousness deliberately. Gathering my sketchbook and pencils to meditate with those glorious wildflowers and feel them guiding my hand on the paper. My desire is to feel the experience of Source within me in a brand new way, with inspiration and conscious awareness that I am one with all. These words of William Shakespeare are guiding my steps as I continue my adventure of My World My Way.
And you, my dear ones will be on my shoulder and in my heart. So tune in, astral project yourself on my path so we can walk together in our fabulous reality.