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Meditation 101

February 2, 2016

From: When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

 

 

I can say with some sort of honesty that I have a meditation practice happening. And “some sort” is a pretty accurate description. Maybe ten minutes, three days a week is about where I’m hovering. My goal is to practice everyday. I started yesterday!

The ability to sit in my own skin with all that is my Charlotte-ness has not always been something I look forward to and from time to time is still not something I’m eager to participate in. There’s a strange sense of security in not looking at what is really happening in my life and instead to allow a steady stream of input, of distraction, to numb me up and send me off to my next moment. I have found through past, more dedicated bouts of meditation practice, that giving way for even five to ten minutes of mindful meditation every day opens my creative flood gates and clears…something I don’t need, away. Hard to describe. All I can say is, just try it. For those of you who are new to meditation, and I count myself in that group, try this small practice.

Find a time that will work consistently for you. I feel that mornings are best only because you’re still mostly unaffected by the demands of the day. But whatever time works for you is what is going to work!

Sit comfortably for five minutes to begin with and concentrate only on the natural rhythm of your breath. If thoughts come into your head, and they will, label them as “thinking” and let ‘em pass. No judgments. Just awareness. (That “thinking” bit is from Pema Chödrön. I love her.) Aaaand that’s it. Ba! Hahahahaha…..Ha! That’s it?! My heavens! Easier said than done.

For your reading pleasure, here is a little peek into my practice yesterday. Gulp…

 

 

This next scene is set here ^, and also in my head.

 

 

Okay. I’m setting the stage for you. There I was. Hiking. Early in the morning. I found just the right spot and stood with my eyes closed in the still, cold quiet and started to bring my awareness to my breath.

“Look at me meditating in nature. This is so neat. Neature! Ha!… That’s a funny YouTube…Okay.  Here I go.….breathe…breathe…breathe….(5 seconds later…) Man, I think I have to pee………..I peed outside last night. The winter kind of outside peeing is NOT the same as the summer kind…..hmm…Should I? I could be home in 30 minutes……………….. OH!…thinking…breathe…breathe…breathe…breathe………………. breathe………………. I’m going on that lunch date today…….I wonder when he says “5’10” if he really means “5’10” or, you know, give or take a few inches. Boys…. Always overestimating their height…………… thinking!…………….Kinda weird that I don’t get nervous for these first date situations anymore……………Have I given up? Oh, gosh, what if I’ve given up?! When did this happen?!

Who even AM I anymore?!….thinking….breathe…breathe…breathe…breathe…. breathe…. I wonder if mountain lions prowl this neck of the woods. Now wouldn’t THAT be a way to go. Eesh. Maybe I SHOULD pee. Maybe peeing is a sort of sign that this is MY grove of trees. Or is that the wrong thing to do?…. THINKING!!!!!… oh… sorry… sshhhhhh……. thinking…breathe…breathe…breathe…breathe… I’m outside doing something pretty great, right?! I’ll say. Man, am I really living or what? This is neat. I’m neat!  I should write about this……………………… OOOOOOOkay, that’s enough neat. I gotta pee. Let’s get outta here.

(Close scene)

And that was my practice. Thankfully it’s a practice. Looking forward to today’s!

 

Juicy Jam Session: This was given to me by my lunch date to “give you (Charlotte) a glimpse” into who he is. I listened to it 10 times yesterday. It was more than enjoyable to say the least, as was my company for lunch. Do me a favor. Make this an experience. Find 10 minutes to get comfy, plug yourself into your headphones, close your eyes and bliss out. AFG by Sensible Soccers.  That teeny tiny little guitar riff at 8min 15ish seconds… mmmmmmmmm…

 

 

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