Vacation is over and it's back to the daily grind. I didn't get in as much guided meditation as I would have liked, but I did have lots of calm, relaxing moments to focus on my breath and on how lucky I am to live the life I'm living. This hammock in the water in Bermuda was my favorite place of reflection. I hope I can carry the sense of calm I felt in that moment with me for a long time.
After three weeks of running around CA visiting family, we got some downtime in Santa Cruz before heading back to the east coast. My meditating hit a bit of wall over the weekend so it was nice to get it back on track this week. The wind blowing through the trees and the smell of eucalyptus made a great backdrop for focusing my breath.
Our internet was atrocious last week while we were on Catalina Island. Not great for getting work done or posting my posts, but really good for meditating and getting family time in! There were so many wonderful views to meditate in front of but this sunset was one of my faves! I focused on the sounds from the restaurants and streets around me.
I think I have hit my stride with meditating. Finding my focus has become something I can do relatively easily, and I am able to concentrate for longer and longer stretches of time. The newest trick I learned is that when I find myself starting to get lost in thought, I simply think to myself “thinking” or “wandering” and that brings my awareness back to the meditation and my breath and I am able to let go of my thoughts. I’ve also learned that focusing on the feelings and sensations in different parts of my body makes me feel lighter and helps me concentrate. So I think I can safely say that the habit of meditating at least once a day as been formed. I really enjoy it and look forward to it every morning and night. The only thing I haven’t seen a huge shift in, is my ability to handle stressful situations or not become angry over petty things. I had hoped that the somewhat simple act of meditating once a day would help transform my mind, but I am beginning to see it might take more than that. My next goal is to use shorter guided meditations (3-5 minutes) when I am stressed, feeling anxious or feeling angry to help curb those feelings in the moment. Eventually, I hope, it will become second nature for my mind to steer itself away from those negative feelings.
During the last week, I explored guided meditation a bit more and at the moment it is my preferred method of meditating. I also added meditating into my nightly routine because I really see a difference in how quickly I fall asleep and how deeply I sleep when I have meditated before bed. I plan to keep up the guided meditations in the coming week and to try out ‘in the moment meditation’ when it is needed. I am in the final stretches of cramming for my CA real estate license exam, so ‘in the moment meditation’ might be tried out a lot. Wish me luck!