Let’s kick off 2020!

New Year, New Decade, New Way of Being!

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January 17, 2020

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Dearest-

When you climb half way up a tree, you have a decision to make. 

Are you going to go further? 

Will you be able to get back down if you keep going? 

There comes a point where it’s best to not look down.

So don’t look down. And don’t look up.

Just for a moment,

Be where you are. 

Notice…

Where are you sitting? (on a cushion, in your car, at the table)

Where are you reading this meditation? (on a computer, on your phone)

What is around you? 

Are your feet on the ground? 

Notice your breath. You don’t have to change or control it. Just notice it. Is it fast? Or slow? Or just normal? Are you breathing through your nose or your mouth? There are no wrong answers. Just notice. 

Now notice where your cell phone is? (maybe in your hand)

Stop for a moment and ask yourself what is the longest you’ve been without your phone in your hand or your pocket over the last few weeks. 

Don’t judge the answer or label it as good or bad. Try to just observe it. See it as an interesting fact. 

Now consider whether or not it might be possible to spend an hour today with your phone turned off and in a drawer. Maybe even think of an activity you could do without your phone today. Can you go for a short walk? Can you spend some time in the kitchen or with a book? Can you go out to eat with a friend? 

Is it possible to take a step back for an hour (or maybe even a day) from your cell phone?

Pratyahara, the 5th limb of yoga is all about detachment. And I can’t think of anything in life that we are more attached to these days than our phones. (Myself included!) And in so many ways, our phones make our lives really wonderful! 

But to play with the idea of Pratyahara, it might be fun to observe ourselves without our phones. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

January 13, 2020

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How is mid-ish January feeling to you? 

I’ve noticed the first ten days were a little up and down and now I’ve settled into winter. The energy just after the holidays is pushy and I say no thank-you. 

Thank you for sharing your insights with me on Peace of Mind so far. I love reading your emails and your feedback is really important to me. It helps me know what’s helping you. 

Concentrate.

Do you remember when your teacher would tell you to concentrate? Or maybe you were a good student, so she was telling someone else. 

The best way to practice concentration is by doing something you really love that requires concentration. Maybe it’s doing a puzzle. Or playing a game. Walking on a balance beam (or a wall). Perhaps swimming or running. Chopping vegetables. Sewing or knitting. And of course…climbing up or down a tree requires concentration!

What is something that you can become so focused on doing that you forget where you are? Or you lose track of time?

If you can, take some time today to do that very thing, whatever it is. And if you don’t have the space today, schedule some time with yourself to indulge in that thing that is PLAY for you.

View today’s full lesson here: https://mailchi.mp/radiantjane/peace-of-mind-meditations-intro-1892885

January 10, 2020

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It’s been a challenging week on planet earth. Witnessing the latest world events can feel overwhelming. We might be asking ourselves “what can we do?” 

I want us to remember and move toward the basic practice of Loving Kindness. Loving Kindness is not a magic pill but it does connect hearts. And when hearts are connected things are possible that just aren’t when we’re disconnected. 

When we’re faced with great pain and suffering we can either turn away in despair or turn toward it with compassion. We can turn towards our suffering and allow our feelings to be felt. Strong emotions are gifts because they teach compassion for others and all beings, heart-to-heart. We feel our own pain and the pain of others. It’s a true heart to heart connection. 

Remember that pain unacknowledged becomes despair. 
Pain acknowledged becomes compassion. 

John O’Donohue says: “You can trust the promise of this opening. Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning. That is at one with your life’s desire.”

Trust the promise. 

Trust yourself.

You already have everything you need for perfect stillness.

You are already a master at meditation. 

Because you don’t need to do anything.

You just BE.

Your presence here is meditation, dear heart. 

Pause now in presence. 

View the full lesson here: https://mailchi.mp/radiantjane/peace-of-mind-meditations-intro-1892877

January 6, 2020

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An audio version of this week’s lesson. Listen here!

Wherever you are right now, I hope you know you are worthy of great bliss. 

Pause and breathe that thought in. Let it counter or even replace any negative thoughts you have about yourself.

I am worthy of great bliss.

Sometimes we get so used to our pain narrative that we need help remembering we can replace it with a new one. 

Also listen to this week’s guided meditation here.

Can you remember a time when you felt pure bliss?

Take a minute to explore in your memory. Can you land on a moment or a season that was full of joy? 

Sometimes it’s just the most simple things. Like sipping a warm cup of tea and letting your mind rest. Or a walk outside to breathe in fresh air and ideas. 

That sweet lightness of being is enlightenment. 

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