Just sitting, practicing doing nothing, breathing, and paying attention to our breathing is fundamental to formal meditation practice. Yet, meditation and mindfulness can be cultivated through other methods, such as standing, walking, eating, communicating, etc.
The act of putting words on a page, whether handwritten, cursive words on a physical page of a notebook or typed words on a computer, is therapy. It is a meditation, a medicine. It is a pouring out of the heart-mind, a necessary act, a way to process, reflect, and integrate teachings, patterns, lessons, and revisions.
The act of moving one’s hand across the page is a miracle, a simple choice, and a habit that can be so cathartic and healing.
Read on for three simple meditations to help you get centered before writing practice.
By cultivating authentic gratitude, we wake up to the beauty of each moment—whatever it contains. All experiences and emotions are greeted with an open heart and we become indestructible warriors of love.
I was just in the United States, visiting home for Thanksgiving—celebrating that holiday in the US the first time in a decade. The longer I live in rural Guatemala, the more I drift from the busy busy lifestyle I used to lead in the States—and the more intense the reverse culture shock is when I return for visits.
Mostly, I felt overwhelmed and had to work to stay grounded and present. At the same time, I was grateful to spend time with my cherished family and dear old friends.
By practicing gratitude on a regular basis, we can each cultivate and express the natural warmth and loving kindness that dwells within our heart—connecting more deeply with ourselves and others.
We can also shift to a higher level of consciousness that sees learning opportunities in all situations, realizing that our state of mind determines the state of our lives. Scientific studies show that having an attitude of gratitude enhances our physical and mental health.
Keep reading for 7 reminders to assist you on the path of gratitude.