Practicing purposefulness, leveled-up

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There are a variety of personal meditative practices. Perhaps you use Reiki, shamanic journeying, breathwork, Tarot or oracle cards. Maybe you use daily devotionals, pray, walk in nature, practice gratitude, save a chair for your Guardian Angel.

Although I have had some sort of connecting practice for as long as I can remember, I recently am also exploring Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

(I had gotten rather sloppy in my attentiveness, and this organized option is well-timed for me.) 

Yet as I move further through this mindfulness experience, I notice something amazing: my idle speed has become reset. Read More

Benchmarks of leveling up in relationship

Watch the above video till the end. All the way through. Even if you think you know what is coming. Even if you’ve already seen it.

(Oh, for crying out loud, it’s only four minutes and ten seconds to the end credits. Consider it easy meditation time, and just enjoy.)

QUESTIONS TO PONDER, NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE:
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Why the physical body doesn’t actually hinder the spiritual one

Outline of a person, body, in space, streaming light

You’ve heard before that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. “I think/reflect, therefore I am.” Within this Cartesian split, I reflect that I am turned more toward what I think of as the higher, spiritual realms than what I have thought of as the denser, physical body.

As if the whole purpose of (hopefully a very long) Life is to overcome this temporary body stint and discover the way back to the Spirit, the Soul, that we Are. As if physical Life is a Divine puzzle to solve that we get to fully experience in order to find our way back to understanding our spiritual natures, leveled up.

I tend to consider my body as a condensed container-vehicle for my vast spirit, and I am aware that although immensely appreciative of the body I do place much more value on my spirit.

But what if I am missing the point? What if the physical self is not actually a distraction from my spiritual Self? What if fully immersing in the body, rather than overcoming it, is actually the path to becoming? The point, actually the way of spiritual leveling-up? Read More

Mindfulness in the waiting room

skeleton in waiting room

Mindfulness is about being fully aware in the present moment. Sometimes we set aside time for this — attend a session, create quiet time, go for a walk.

Other times it happens regardless of our lives happening around us — noticing our breathing while loading the clothes washer, looking into our dog’s eyes as we rub under her ears, stopping in our tracks to witness an especially spectacular sunrise.

The more aware of becoming aware, we begin to react less and respond more.

Simply noticing our thoughts and allowing them just as they are, with no attachment to them and nothing to fix.

Being a peaceful observer. Of our own minds.

And oh, do we get plenty of chances to practice. Whether we set aside time for them or not.

The other day I was reading while waiting for my car’s oil change. A very lovely woman of my same generation was also in the waiting area, catching up on her extensive video social media. At. Full. Volume.

The book I was reading? It was about mindfulness. Oh, the irony. Read More

A modern fable to ponder

little rascal pondering

I recently read this modern fable, and I’m still pondering it.

Upstream/Downstream: A Fable for Our Times

It was many years ago that villagers in Downstream recall spotting the first body in the river. Some old-timers remember how Spartan were the facilities and procedures for managing that sort of thing. Sometimes, they say, it would take hours to pull 10 people from the river and even then only a few would survive.

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