Jan 19- Exquisite Stillness

Meditation: Chopra, Creating Abundance: Mind, Matter, and Spirit
Length: 15 minutes
Where: Home Office/Guest Room, Los Angeles
How It Felt: Uncomfortable (but still nice)
Who Joined Me: Steve

Day 3 Centering Thought: “Today I focus on what I want to attract into my life.”

To be totally honest, dear readers, I’m having trouble focusing on anything today. I had trouble focusing on the meditation, and now I’m having trouble focusing on a blog.



I am too distracted to construct a lovely, well put together thought process to share at the moment, so I’m going to try just listing my insights and observations around meditating and this Abundance Challenge in no particular order. Let’s see how that goes!

  • The reason today’s meditation was uncomfortable was purely physical. I hold tension in my shoulders and neck, and for some reason my right shoulder was driving me crazy today! My sweet hubby gave me a massage after we meditated, but that didn’t help during the actual session. That said, I just did my best to practice my new “equanimity” skills and told myself this is life! Not every meditation will be pure, relaxing bliss. We show up as we are and we do our best. Even one deep, focused breath is better than none! I also tried to listen to what my shoulder pain was telling me- probably that I’m currently a bit unbalanced and therefore holding stress, so I need to tweak the way I’m doing things, however possible.
  • Tonight we rewatched the film version of The Secret! It’s such a short and simple film, but it was really nice to be reminded of so much I’d forgotten. I get all mushy when I think of how everything is just energy, how I am pure energy, and you, and all of us. I love that jazz. I was reminded to visualize with more intention, to write down what I’m grateful for and what I desire, to take my dream board more seriously, and to have even more faith in the power of what we think and how we feel. Very nicely timed inspiration!
  • The Chopra meditation today spoke about similar themes, focusing on how our mind creates our reality. It’s so easy to get fooled into believing in scarcity and lack, to become fearful and worried about small things, to get lost in the business of surviving day to day. This was a great reminder of the magic all around us, and the magic we have the power to create.
  • I’m still doing the current Yoga With Adriene 30 Day Challenge (Breath), and today she said something in the video that was so beautiful I wrote it down. Perfectly timed for my current state of mind, today’s video included a lot of sitting and different breathing techniques. It definitely helped me to calm down as I’ve been feeling a bit manic. (For those following along with her challenge- yes, I’m a couple of days “behind!” Looking forward to a free night after my play runs Friday to enjoy a nice, long triple session.) Toward the end of the video, she said she hoped we had enjoyed “a moment of exquisite stillness.” I loved it. I thought –that is what meditation so often feels like. A moment when everything around you stops and softens and fades away… and you just… are. I love that.

Ok- I have to go to bed! We west coasters have to get up early tomorrow or we will miss some of the best parts of the inauguration! (I feel skeptical that anyone voting for the other guy would take time to read a blog about meditation…but if you are… well, I hope there is some deep, wonderful soul searching happening inside you this year, truly. <3)

May you all enjoy the beginning of a new era in our history- one where we’ve actually managed to elect a woman to at least be VP! Sending out lots of love and light to our country as we move forward, find healing, and make some desperately needed progress.

I snapped this blurry quote from the TV screen just for you guys! I love this one. Hope it inspires!

Truth! We have to pay attention to the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what is and is not possible. (Also, that bust looks MAD!)