In an ongoing effort to stay relevant to hashtag trends, I'm using #wellnesswednesday today to share my thoughts and experiences with meditation. Until this year, the closest thing I had to a regular meditation practice was the savasana at the end of my somewhat regular yoga taking. Savasana is different than meditation -- it comes from a different intention and serves a different purpose. And in the classes I teach, it's often an excuse for me to drop some amazing knowledge bombs via appropriate song lyrics that I hope at least one person recognizes.
Last week was a heavy one for me. It’s the 5th week of the 40-Day program, and a lot of things that I’ve been working through really came up and out. I had to shine a light on some of the darker places that I don’t like to go in myself and clear them out. I wrote 4 long pages, but I’ve decided to keep them for myself… sometimes it’s important to write for your own well-being, not for public consumption.
When I started working from home last summer, I thought my introverted self would revel in the alone time, all day with no coworkers poking their heads in or loud conversations heard through thin walls. And yes, the physical solitude and quiet of being alone in my space has been wonderful for my creativity and productivity. But there’s something about being a part of an office, of a team, that is bigger than just physical proximity. There’s other people to share the load.
I'm participating in a 40-day program of "personal transformation" (which I say in quotes not because I don't believe in it, but because it feels like a really big thing to just write without any sort of off-setting), and the theme for this week is vitality. That word, to me, brings up weird images of elderly men doing calisthenics... no, I don't know why or where that came from. But what I think it really means is finding your life source.
There's a guiding principle in the study of physics called the "observer effect:" by simply observing a situation, you're affecting it.
(It's based on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle which has to do with particles and momentum and things I didn't learn in high school. Thanks to my husband for that bit of trivia.)
I'm going to come right out and say it: One of my (not-so) guilty pleasures is astrology. When studying yoga, I felt right at home with some of it's more "woo-woo science" aspects, such as energetic fields, crystals, third-eye meditations, and the like. Astrology, to me, fits right in alongside our chakras and subtle energy systems as just another way to understand ourselves and our place within this crazy, vast universe.