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Mindfulness

Last night, I watched an excellent piece on 60 Minutes by Anderson Cooper about Mindfulness.

MindfulnessMindfulness meditation is just another of the many forms of meditation.  I prefer to think of it as the ultimate goal of my meditations.

I enter into my daily meditations usually with a specific intention or two, in mind.  I set the intention for the meditation – what I wish to examine or accomplish or what I wish to embed in my psyche.  But after I’ve gone through the steps of my meditation for weight loss, wellness, blessings and healing for others, abundance in health, love and finance, the real joy of my meditation is the final step for me – the mindfulness period.   During this time, you’re not trying to get from point A to point B.  You just are.

For me, it is a blissful state, where I am able to just ‘be’ with no pressure, no agenda, no worries.  I finish my daily meditation refreshed and eager to move forward with my day.  Since I’ve been meditating daily, without fail, I rarely get angry in traffic as I once did, I am not as frustrated with humans.  Note I said ‘as frustrated’.  I’m still frustrated.  I just don’t get to the point that I allow it to ruin my whole day.

And while the political atmosphere in this country is rancid right now, with racism, hate, ignorance and greed fighting for daily attention, I am not quite as angry about  ‘them’ as I once was.  As a peaceful person, it is difficult for me to ignore those who harm others with their political acts, their hate-filled speech and actions and their financially driven need to poison our population with toxic foods.  The truth is, we all create our own consequences in life and those who harm others will themselves suffer the effects of their hate-drive or greedy choices.  It’s just a shame that others have to suffer as well. For that reason, we are adamant about making informed choices for our lives, our pets, our food and our home.

Mindfulness has become part of my center now.  I think more clearly and come up with inventive and creative ideas more readily.  I am able to connect to my pets and my husband on a more spiritual level and feel I am far more compassionate about others.

It doesn’t take a lot of time.  You can do this in a matter of 15 minutes or can go on for hours.  I urge you all to give it a try!

 

Cats Love to Meditate

You need not meditate alone.  My cats love to meditate with me.  My older, recently transitioned cats Mei Mei and Maggie really enjoyed meditating with me, even though it was not a daily event then.

SleepingCatBuddhaOur fur-girls are age 6 months and 2 yrs 3 months.   I’d actually assumed that they would be too rambunctious to enjoy it but they’ve surprised me.  What is especially surprising is that Mhysa, the 6 month old, is the one that loves it most.  She has become adamant that she be with me when I meditate.  Mei Li still comes and goes and is taking it all in.

With her current issue involving the ovarian remnant from the veterinarian’s surgical mistake, I have concentrated very strongly on Mhysa’s healing in my daily meditations.  She appears to understand and even digs in deeply by my side, trying to touch both my body and my upturned left palm.

If you share your life and home with these amazing creatures, you probably know how intuitive they are.  They can easily access your meditations and understand what you’re doing. But did you know that you can also communicate to them using pictures, without saying a word?  I’ve been doing it for years.  Yes, I talk to them all day long anyway, but they can grasp the pictures you send very easily and they understand.  It is, of course, important to send positive, loving pictures, or just factual pictures.  Please don’t freak them out with negative pictures or scenarios!

Before we moved over a year and a half ago, I’d been sending our girls pictures of the new home.  When they arrived, with boxes everywhere, they were very cool, calm and matter of fact since they knew what to expect.

Another instance involves long-distance communication:  Our kitten, Mhysa, came from California but we couldn’t bring her home with us because she was too young.  So she flew by herself on what ended up being a relatively short, easy flight with only one change in equipment.  You would expect her to be freaked out, right?  I mean, she was only 12 1/2 weeks old at that point.  For many weeks, I’d been sending her pictures of her new home in my meditations, I’d sent her pictures of her new sisters (at that time, Maggie was still with us).  I’d sent her images of us, of the sounds of the house and of the many kitty beds and her dining area.  And then, when I knew she was on the way to the airport, I started ‘sending’ her a gentle, calming heartbeat soundtrack that I’d found on iTunes, to keep her company with all of the frightening noises, sights and smells that go with travel. I listened when meditating and sent the energy to her.  If only I had such a calming influence when I travel!!!   I hate flying these days!  It isn’t what it used to be.

When she arrived at our local airport, we expected a frightened little girl.  Instead, we found a calm little one, very happy to see us.  When we got home and opened her carrier, she marched right out, looked around as if to say “Yes!  This is what I expected.”  She immediately made herself at home.

36 years ago, in 1979, I’d seen an animal communicator on late night TV, who explained the visualization process for communicating with our pets.  I was lying in bed with my then-4 yr old sleeping toy poodle, Brigitte.  She loved more than anything to ‘go out’ to play in our fenced yard.  All I had to do was just mouth the words “do you want to go out?” and she would be beside herself.  This was long past her last ‘out’ trip at that time.  I just concentrated on seeing us get up, walk down the hall, through the foyer, the dining room, the kitchen to the back door and opening it.  I only had to do it once.  She lept up out of a sound sleep, and went racing down the hall in a frenzy to go out.

There are many ways to communicate with our furry and feathered family members, and this is but one option.  We work with an animal communicator if we feel that there are conflicts between them, if there are behavioral issues, if there are health issues or if someone just can’t seem to follow the rules.  It’s wonderful to have that resource available for us, because after all, this IS our family.

I will write more on that subject soon, along with contact information should anyone wish to find out more about it themselves.  Should you have a need now or need a referral, please feel free to comment below and ask any questions you might have.

In the meantime, I strongly recommend including your cats, dogs, birds and other pets in your meditation rituals.  They feel it, they understand it, and they love it.  We all benefit.

Visualizations – with a dose of reality.

Recently, someone who had read the book asked me about the visualizations I use in my meditations for weight loss.   She asked me if I visualize exactly how my body will look.

I don’t do that and here is my reasoning.   First, I’m 60 years old so to visualize myself in a 24 year old body would lead to frustration.  I think it’s important to be realistic in our expectations when we are setting our goals.  In my case, I’ve set a weight for my body and with my daily meditations, I continue to reinforce that thinking.  I figure that my mind and my body will find the right ‘shape’ that goes with the weight goal I’ve set.

Also, in being realistic, I may always have a bit of a tummy (though it is flattening a bit every pound I lose), and may always have the extra skin that now is a reminder of the departed fat.  FlabbyArmDownload(And NO that’s not me on the left!) At a certain age, the skin just won’t tighten like it once did.  Oh, you can bet I am working on it, but a dose of reality is important to keep me from being disappointed.

When setting my goals, I set them in stages.  In the initial stage of my daily meditation, I use a positive affirmation:  “I am a healthy, pain-free ___ pounds with a vibrant and disease free mind, body, heart and spirit.”  This is my ultimate goal.  BathScalesDownloadHowever, I also set the intention of intermediate goals.  In my case, the first goal was to have a NORMAL BMI, which of course I attained almost 4 months ago.  Once I reached that, I keep the next goal in sight, usually in 5 pound increments.

With my initial positive affirmation, my brain and my body are now on board with the ultimate goal and they are making it happen.  When I hit plateaus, as we all do, then I change things up a bit with my food and hydration.

So, yes!  Visualization is powerful.  But realize that your body is only capable of so much.