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Monthly Archives: March 2019

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I often tell friends new to meditation, “practice every day!” “You can’t meditate wrong.” “Just DO it!” Meditation is a practice, not an “event.” It is true that one mindful breath can change your life, give you the space to remain silent or stop a movement that might save your life. But most of us need daily practice to remember in a crisis to stop, breathe, relax, be in the present moment.  For my serenity and peace of mind and body, I need to practice every morning and throughout the day.

In Florida for two weeks of chasing away winter blues, we practiced together each morning, journaling under Venus, Jupiter, the moon. Then doing Qi Gong on the balcony to the rising sun and meditating in warm breezes. We were able to settle down our “doing” energy after a few days, though we did have work with us – a book proposal for me, a class Pat is teaching, planning future retreats with my partner there. We took long walks on the beach, swam in the Gulf, exercised at a local gym, went to daily recovery meetings, made most of our own meals mindfully, ate on the beach.  I dropped my news obsession, buying the NYT only once.  Our retreat home was very quiet, as is our home here.   Every evening possible, we watched the setting sun over the water, walking in the sand, saying farewell to a beautiful day.

We spend a great deal of our time teaching meditation, Qi Gong and other mindfulness practices. So, it is important for us to continue these practices ourselves, each day, wherever we go.  We take our busy minds with us; so mindfulness energy is available to help us slow down, relax, rest intensely on retreats and “vacation.” That word comes from the Latin root “to empty.” How appropriate for our efforts to empty our minds of noise that distracts us from touching the beauty of each moment. Really living, bringing our minds to where our feet are now – in the sand in Florida, in boots back in MD.

Find our upcoming workshops at http://www.qicircles.com.

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