Category: Meditation

The Balance Beam Meditation

balance beam

I have never been accused of being athletic—unless you count marching band in high school, I have never competed in a sport or been a part of an athletic team.

We have a joke in our house that mom never runs unless chased…and maybe not even then.  I would do better to stop and drop and scream in hopes of throwing my attacker off balance than try beat anyone in a foot race.

However, gymnastics has always fascinated me, especially the beam.  I could probably walk along a balance beam just fine without falling off, but to be able to do flips and tumble along it would be out of the question.

3 ways the Balance Beam meditation can change my life…if I let it

#1  Try to stay on.  Life isn’t perfect for anyone, even those remarkable athletes who spend hours a day practicing and getting stronger.  Every time I get out of bed with a positive attitude after a tough day before, I am trying to stay on the beam.

#2 Understand that I will fall off.  Falling off the beam is part of the of the sport!  As much as I try to keep it all together and never get discouraged, I will fall off.   It should not come as a surprise that I fall off, but it does.  That’s why I need to take care of myself and meditate, work hard, and get proper rest.  Knowing that I will fall off now and then and that it’s OK should help me from being too hard on myself.

#3 Don’t walk away from the beam.  Understanding that I will fall off the beam now and then does not mean that I need to walk away from it entirely.  When things start to fall apart, I need to jump off the beam for a minute on purpose.  Rest.  Breathe.  Take a break.  Just stand right beside it.  Give it a little pat.  🙂 The jump off wasn’t a fall, it was expected and necessary for continued progress.  Prepare for that moment when I must make that jump and plan for it.  Maybe even schedule it on my to-do list!

Practice doesn’t make things perfect.  It makes things possible.

Perfection has no place on a balance beam.  To make it possible to continue to walk the beam I must remember that practice makes progress possible.

Now for the important stuff: Comment below if you have ever won a competitive race… I will be thoroughly impressed.

 

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

3 easy meditation exercises to get you started

easy meditation

Easy Meditation- Is there such a thing?

I started trying to meditate 2 years ago and have sort of inched along each day trying to do a little more and most of the time giving up then trying again. I have a few weeks of meditating for 30 minutes and then life will happen and I’ll miss my meditation time for a few weeks and I have to build it back up all over again.

Since I’ve had this issue on and off for 2 years I’ve come up with 3 easy meditation exercises to get me back in the habit quickly.  Maybe they will help you too.

It’s my belief that caregivers need to take the time to be quiet.

We go to great lengths to help other people every day- sometimes all day and it’s important to have a quiet 30 minutes to sit and just “be” each day.

Continue reading

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Acceptance: Mediation Experiment Week 6

Just a quick reminder about the meditation experiment:  The idea is that the outline (or list if you will) for my daily meditation will focus on all 4 learning styles.  Each week I will study a visual cue, read aloud the meditation questions, write about the topic and try to apply the experience to my everyday life.

acceptance

I have meditated more effectively for the past 6 weeks and I have loved putting these meditation experiment posts together!

It was a neat experiment for me to see if I could focus better when I pondered a specific word and study topic and I do think it worked.

I will continue to post about my meditation experiments, but maybe not every week going forward.  I’m still finding my blogging voice and I want to experiment with some new ideas with my “Time for Self” category.

Acceptance

I have a big need for more “white space” in my life.  When I started studying about blogging I realized that blog readers like to skim.  We like to have a lot of white background space in a post to be able to focus on it and lots of visual interest.

Continue reading

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Faith and Works: Meditation Experiment week 5

Just a quick reminder about the meditation experiment:  The idea is that the outline (or list if you will) for my daily meditation will focus on all 4 learning styles.  Each week I will study a visual cue, read aloud the meditation questions, write about the topic and try to apply the experience to my everyday life.

Faith Works

Faith and Works

Faith and Works, along with many things in life, require a balance.  James 2:24 says that by works a man is justified, not by faith only.  Does that negate the power of simple faith?  Do we have to be busy doing the work of God in order to strengthen our faith?

What is the balance?

As I’ve pondered these words this week I have felt that the balance between Faith and Works is “Good Works”.

Realizing I can not do it alone and must rely on God is part of my faith, but it doesn’t get me out of doing the work necessary to be close to God.

If I am studying the scriptures, writing in my journal, watching my thoughts, trying to be kind and see other’s needs, I am doing the work of God in my life.  This “work” strengthens my faith and my relationship with God.

Faith and Works Visual Cue

faith and works

Quote of the Week:

faith and works quote

 

Practical Application

The faith piece:

  1. Pray for help with a specific issue
  2. Listen to guidance
  3. Write down my ideas I have when I’m listening
  4. Set goals to work on the ideas a bit at a time and be willing to make the jump!
  5. Thank God for seeing me through

The works piece:

  1. Follow through on my ideas and schedule the mini goals into my calendar
  2. Help others who may be struggling with the same issues
  3. Show through my actions I am learning a better way
  4. Read scriptures and other uplifting literature about the specific issue
  5. Write about my “works” – was my idea effective?

How do you balance faith and works?

 

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

PEACE: Meditation Experiment Week 4

Just a quick reminder about the meditation experiment:  The idea is that the outline (or list if you will) for my daily meditation will focus on all 4 learning styles.  Each week I will study a visual cue, read aloud the meditation questions, write about the topic and try to apply the experience to my everyday life.

peace

PEACE Meditation Experiment Week 4

I’ve been thinking a lot about the word peace lately.  I think more than anything I want peace in my heart and in my life.  I want to start my day optimistic and full of enthusiasm, but I crave a peaceful spirit.

My nature is a go getter.  I’m the girl that gets things done.  I’m the Bird With A List!

That list saves my sanity in so many (MANY!) ways that I can’t imagine going without it. A notebook is a great tool for finding peace in my schedule, but finding peace in my heart might require a bit more study.

I’ve created an acronym for PEACE to help me with this study.

Continue reading

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Judgment: Meditation Experiment week #3

Just a quick reminder about the meditation experiment:  The idea is that the outline (or list if you will) for my daily meditation will focus on all 4 learning styles.  Each week I will study a visual cue, read aloud the meditation questions, write about the topic and try to apply the experience to my everyday life.

judgment

My Meditation Experiment Week #3- Judgment

Week 3 of my meditation experiment is about judgment.  Judging my worthiness, my mothering, my writing, my health, my activity level, my house cleaning ability… you name it I can judge it.

I usually reserve the most critical judgment for myself.  Somehow everyone else can have the benefit of the doubt, but I should know better.

Continue reading

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Compassion: Meditation for week 2

Just a quick reminder about the meditation experiment:  The idea is that the outline (or list if you will) for my daily meditation will focus on all 4 learning styles.  Each week I will study a visual cue, read aloud the meditation questions, write about the topic and try to apply the experience to my everyday life.

Meditation CompassinoMy Meditation Experiment Week #2 – Compassion

This week I want to focus my meditation study on compassion. I’m going to ponder the idea that my own experiences can be for the good of others.  By allowing growth through my trials I can be available to show true compassion to others.

Continue reading

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Meditation for the week- #1

fear

Meditation is most successful for me when I can focus on one topic, clear my mind of the clutter, and ponder what is most important.  I need to set myself up for success by incorporating my learning style- or styles.

I didn’t figure out my learning style until college.  I had a Sociology professor who believed in hands on learning, required us to write down everything she said and apply it to our lives somehow.  I got my first easy A in school in that class and quickly changed my major to Sociology thinking it was the topic.

Well, it wasn’t the topic- it was the combination of the learning styles!

The 4 Learning Styles:

  • Visual (spacial)- you learn best by using pictures or images.
  • Aural (auditory)- you like using sound or music
  • Verbal (linguistic)- you like words- speaking or writing both work well
  • Physical (kinesthetic)- you need hands on demonstrations- using your sense of touch

Now let’s apply learning styles to meditation success!

Continue reading

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page