Clear awareness. Through meditation and other contemplative practices, we learn to catch ourselves when we are moving off-center, hardening to situations, somehow closing down or thinking our anxieties, fears, phobias, and biases are the voice of reason. "We start to catch the beginnings of a neurotic chain reaction that limits our ability to experience joy." Pema Chodron
You would think that because we are sitting in meditation, so quiet and still, focusing on the breath, that we wouldn’t notice very much. But it is actually quite the opposite. We are developing a skill-set that allows us to see clearly with distance, with non-attachment, to form a nonjudgmental, unbiased clarity.
We must move to the laboratory where all radical change can occur inside of our very mind, heart, and the cells of our body. I call it the laboratory of contemplative practice, which rewires our inner life and confirms in the soul a kind of “emotional sobriety.” Richard Rohr
Join me on Sunday evenings for meditation at 6:00 PM as we explore Pema Chodron's The Places That Scare You. This week we tap into Clear awareness.
As media bombards us with confusion, take time to unplug and reset with outdoor activities like walking in nature, exercise, yoga, meditation, calls to friends. Set a "no politics" guideline for your conversations to give yourself a break. You need relief! Limit news time on the radio, TV and the internet. Journaling can be a very effective way to release. Putting your thoughts down could even turn into a blog, podcast, short stories, a book, or poetry. I hope you are recording your personal views about 2020 in some way for posterity. There won't be another year like it. Don't let your brilliance be obscured by confusion. Click below to read what the National Institutes of Health recommends to manage stress. Remember you can contribute to your healthiest self by managing your stress. Chronic stress leads to and contributes to reduced immunity.
Isabel Raci, C-IAYT, is a life-long practitioner and student of yoga, E-RYT, certified meditation teacher, relaxation guide, and laughter yoga leader who is passionate about the practice of meditation and yoga as self-care.