Meditation Monday:

middle pillarWhen the world quiets to the sounds of your own breathing, we all want the same things: comfort, love and a peaceful heart.                                              – Mitch Alborn

This is all I want from meditation right now, the chance to sit and listen to my own breath and see what happens. Though I said I’d play around with The Middle Pillar, which I have done, I keep craving the simplicity of counting breaths.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten was, start where you are, and in this case, for me, it means not getting ahead of myself (hey, a head, ahead, just saw that as I wrote it). It means re-remembering to  listen to the part of me that knows the value of sitting, counting, and Mindfulness. Not my “head,” I might add, but you knew that already.

I’ve quit pretending that I need to do anything else, for now. Just doing that, sitting everyday (even though I accomplished 100 Breaths 100 Days challenge, and there’s a voice telling me I have to something bigger, better and sexier so you’ll keep reading) is enough ’cause THAT”S WHERE I AM. Truly.Truthfully. Ahhhh…

*Reminder to self: expertise (a.k.a. mastery) doesn’t mean knowing everything or doing everything right already, it means having the Presence and skills to return to the truth more quickly and with more ease each time.

In case you’re curious about how the Middle Pillar Meditation has been going I’ll say this,

  • I struggled with it feeling unreal, like I was imagining instead of sensing the energy moving.
  • A friend and terrific multi-modality healer,  Ingrid Bacci,  suggested I need more practice articulating my spine and sensing into it, making the meditation physical/corporeal.
  • Started the above today.

What about you? What types of meditation are you doing? Have you tried Middle Pillar? You can find instructions here.

To learn more try Discover Meditation: A Practical Introduction to the Art of Meditation by Simon Court.

You might want to check out moveintochange.com too. That’s where there’s info about life coaching and coaching with me. Go… and then go forth and tell your friends. Thanks.

Want to ask a private question? email: judy@moveintochange.com

Meditation Monday: What kind of fool am I?

middle pillarHere’s what’s been going through my mind and body while practicing Middle Pillar Meditation:

  • Am I doing it?
  • Is this what its “supposed” to be like?
  • Am I imagining this a.k.a. how do I know this is real?
  • Am I total fool for even thinking this is a thing worth trying?
  • How the hell am I going to write about this?

Funny isn’t it, these are the same thoughts I thought when I began 100 Breaths 100 Days.

Visualizing and sensing the balls of energy is hard enough so I’ve totally abandoned the colors. I notice that images form unbidden when I am focusing on the energy centers. This is kind of cool and I’m just letting that be. They’re different every time. If  I practice yoga first, I have a much better sense of the subtle “tube” through the center of my body. Lately, the connection between imaging and sensing is getting a bit stronger too, but man, that inner skeptic comes in to remind that I’m probably making it all up. She rolls her eyes. Even so, I continue on…

What about you? What types of meditation are you doing? Have you tried Middle Pillar? You can find instructions here.

To learn more try Discover Meditation: A Practical Introduction to the Art of Meditation by Simon Court.

You might want to check out moveintochange.com too. That’s where there’s info about life coaching and coaching with me. Go… and then go forth and tell your friends. Thanks.

Want to ask a private question? email: judy@moveintochange.com

Meditation Monday: Two Important Things

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Meditating during the last two weeks has been a challenge.  I was stressed, went into over-work mode, had a freak out, and came out the other side after getting slammed with a high fever and stomach bug.

There were days, many days, when I did none at all. There were days I sat and counted and days I only did Middle Pillar.

I found out two very important things. One, I find comfort in the counting breaths Mindfulness type of meditation. There’s more comfort in it than I knew, and when I emerged from the fever, sitting quietly was a tonic. Two, the Middle Pillar meditation is as different from counting breaths as apples are to, well, expresso.  I cannot replace one with the other.

That’s really three important things. I’m not sure what I’m going to do about this. Don’t know if I have time and the level of commitment to do both? I just know that I want the rock sitting on the floor of the ocean feeling I get counting breaths. And, I’m interested in practicing Middle Pillar too. We’ll see.

What about you? What are you doing? Have you tried Middle Pillar? If you want to know how, here it is:

Middle Pillar Meditation (done sitting in a chair or standing):

  1.  Visualize a slender beam of white light descending from above and forming a ball of brilliant white energy just above the top of your head.
  2. See the beam of light descend to the throat area as you exhale, and form a ball of lavender light as you inhale.
  3. See the beam of light descend to the area of the sternum as you exhale, and form a ball of yellow-golden light as you inhale.
  4. See the beam of light descend to the pelvis as you exhale, and form a ball of violet light as you inhale.
  5. As you exhale, see the light descend down both legs and form a ball of green light between the feet as you inhale.
  6. Imagine these five spheres of color you have created linked together by a shimmering shaft of white divine essence.
  7. Concentrating strongly on the green center at your feet, inhale deeply and bring the energy up through you to the top of your head. See this energy as pure white, washing out the colors of each sphere as it moves upwards.
  8. Pretend your are hollow.  Inhale and bring the energy up through you to the top of the head. Exhale and send it out the top of the head and see it spray like a fountain all around you. Do this 4 times, gathering the energy at your feet.
  9. Cross your arms across your chest right hand over left. Imagine you are sealed in a membrane or bubble of solid white light at least 3 feet thick. Remain this way as long as you like.

To learn more try Discover Meditation: A Practical Introduction to the Art of Meditation by Simon Court.

You might want to check out moveintochange.com too. That’s where there’s info about life coaching and coaching with me. Go… and then go forth and tell your friends. Thanks.

Want to ask a private question? email: judy@moveintochange.com

Meditation Monday Day: Surprised and Intrigued

Well, would you look at this! Stuffed behind a row of handmade gifts from former students I found Discover Meditation: A Practical Introduction to the Art of Meditation by Simon Court. From the notes in the margins, I figure I must have bought it 19 years ago. The first chapter is all about counting breaths.  Now I know how that got planted in my brain.

Ever go back and read old pages of your diary? Not a good idea if you aren’t prepared to be embarrassed by the naivete of your younger self. I tried meditating 19 years ago. It didn’t go well. Or last long. All of it recorded in the words scribbled on the edges of pages 1-25.

Page 26, where I stopped reading then, Court describes three different meditation techniques for moving and balancing energy within the body, along with advice to practice each method for at least 10 days. The only caveat – never mix the different “ways.”

So, in the spirit of continued experimentation I’m going to try the “Middle Pillar” exercise for two weeks. It’s from the western spiritual tradition, Kaballah.

I’m surprised that I’m willing to do this, as any practice that has Jewish roots (my heritage) has been an automatic turn off. Still, I like the idea of interacting with this part of me that says “never” and reflexively rolls her eyes. What might I be “wrong” about?

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I’m definitely NOT reading any specifics about what the Middle Pillar practice is supposed to do for me.

Stay tuned.

You might want to check out moveintochange.com too. That’s where there’s info about life coaching and coaching with me. Go… and then go forth and tell your friends. Thanks.

Want to ask a private question? email: judy@moveintochange.com