•Living in Beginners Mind go to your favorite café when it’s noisy •Follow your body’s lead on where to sit •Order your favorites •Waiting…relax and deepen into the spaciousness where judgements, resentments and expectations do not live •Breathe into the sounds around you
*Let the sounds organize themselves into a symphony •Listen for the melody. The rhythmic beat. The harmonics. •Listen as you would to Yo-Yo Ma, Keith Jarrett or Chick Correa •Let yourself be inspired by the transformation •What is alive in you?
One antidote is to simply let the breath guide us into stability. Sit like a strong mountain inhaling and exhaling slowly for five minutes.
Over time as you focus and cultivate your practice increase the breathwork from five minutes once a day to five minutes three times a day.
As you cultivate this skill your mind and body will engage in calmness and relaxation. It is truly common to feel the stability of a mountain as you continue to practice. Your thoughts will slow down and retire to the back plateau of your mind.
Today’s Mindfulness Practice: •For no reason: Giggle. Chortle. Laugh. Loudly! •Let the grief roll out. The sadness. The confusion. The fear. Let it all go… •Laugh! Build the energy field of your life. •Go for 30 seconds. •What arose in you during those 30 seconds? •Now imagine…if each of us on this magnificent planet laughed wholeheartedly for 30 seconds what might arise? •I’ve been doing it at the top of the hour today. Join me? Let’s create a WOW Day!
Remember, it’s not about something that is funny…it’s about the action of laughing, smiling, giggling, chortling. Again…what arises for you….?
Story Lines can be invaluable when it is time to learn something. But when the teaching is over, the need for the Story Line is over. By letting go and moving away from the story we open up into even more of who we are.
A Mindful Practice for Today! •Choose the Story Line that has stopped serving you. •Firmly order your Monkey Mind to stop juicing the Story Line with attention. •Tell your Inner Critic to walk away from it and find another Story Line that will serve you. •Watch your Gremlin put the unneeded Story Line on the back parking lot of your mind. •And now…settle into the aliveness within you…what do you notice? •Keep me posted! I’m doin’ it with you!
“It’s only in the looking back do we see the straight and narrow.” Darrell Scott – Crooked Road.