Nothing is a negative word to many, but I think it is a grand word. From nothing is born everything. It is the first week of The Joy Diet with Jamie Ridler and nothing is the word. And the action to.
We have to do nothing for a minimum of at least fifteen minutes a day. Maybe not precisly meditating but something towards it. A first step perhaps.
I have a history with meditation. I remember clearly the first time I came across the word. I was pretty young and I was having a conversation with my Mum about how we got to sleep. I don't remember why we were but we were. She asked me how I got to sleep when I was struggling and I told her.
I focus on my feet really hard till they become tingly and then I move the tingle up my legs before I start on my fingers and do my arms. This focus completely relaxes me. My limbs feel like I can't move them. And they tingle. I have never been able to make my main body tingle and I no longer try. I am not sure if it is the focusing or the relaxing of my body that helps me relax but it has always worked. I seem to have come up with this technique out of nowhere... Anyone else come across it anywhere?
My Mum informed me that this sounded a bit like meditation so I asked her what that was...
Many years later I was trying to learn to meditate. One day I actually managed to switch off my inner voice and look within. I didn't like it. It was black and quiet and still. I don't know if this is what you aim for, if there is something more, a mistake or a reflection of where I was at that time.... I have never tried to hard since.
So I can do 15 mins a day but I am not sure how rigorous I shall be with it. I would love any meditation experts out there to tell me more about my experiences...
I am looking forward to filling my life with joy. Truthfully I have been horridly grumpy since yesterday lunch time and my 15 minutes today did bring me out of it somewhat....
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