Well, it’s my birthday weekend and the weather is doing its thing. I was reminded by several friends how my birthday weekend can be very interesting. As I was thinking about what I wanted to do, it occurred to me that all I really wanted to was to simply be home and relax. I wanted to Be Still. I had my monthly meditation program, Meditations & Conversations on Sunday, so being home was exactly where I wanted to be. My usual tradition is to take the day off from work so my husband and I prepared to be home for a few days based on the weather reports. The weather certainly has a way of helping you remember what is important.
I’ve been really paying close attention to things for a few years now. Once the weather reports recommended people stay home on Saturday, I knew where I would be. At home, warm and toasty ready to relax and unwind. Friday evening I pulled out my craft tools and settled in to create. I altered a clipboard and a few journals on Friday night. Saturday I woke up and decided I would follow the suggestions of the weather professionals and stayed home. I sent a text to my sister-in-law and niece to postpone my birthday lunch. When my husband went outside to get something out of the car, the door was frozen. I smiled at him and said,
“I guess that is confirmation that we should stay home today.”
I have been a planner all my life. It’s funny how we make plans and continue going in that direction no matter what is going on… we made plans, right? We can’t possibly not do what we “planned” to do. The more I continue to get still, the less I find myself being able to plan as I have in the past. I am learning to connect with what is most important for me to do and move in that direction. I’m going with the FLOW…Feeling Loving Open Willing to pay attention to what is the next best thing for me to do.
Start off the year with#selfcare and Recharge. Replenish. Reconnect. If you are in Atlanta please be my guest at my Meditations & Conversations at Juiceez Etc. at 2:00 PM. The details are in the attached flyer, I hope to see you there.
I’d love to hear how you are FLOWING and connecting with life. Please share your comments below.
Posted on the conference room doors at the office 🙂
Be still, we did that! I am so thrilled that the first Meditations and Conversations session on April 26 had six participants who accepted the invitation to recharge, replenish and reconnect using meditation and breath work as a foundation. A few of the comments shared by the attendees are below.
“I felt refreshed, lighter and brighter.” Yolanda
“ I felt relaxed, happy and could just be. “ Surayya
“ I learned how to have quiet time to make myself relax.” Antoinette
“ I felt relieved.” Tracy
I was so excited after the program on Sunday I invited a few co-workers to “take a 10 minute break” at 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Five people, in person, and two people via phone gathered quietly in the conference room and allowed themselves to sit, breathe and “just be.” Feeling relaxed, focused, rejuvenated were some of the feeling expressed from the 10 minute session. After our meditation several people asked when we would do that again. I honestly just followed my instinct and I hadn’t thought about doing it again… or had I?
Later that day I remembered I had an idea for an Office Meditation Group (OMG) several months ago and I blew it off. I had even talked about it with one of my Toastmasters members. I’m learning daily that certain ideas must be implemented and not remain idle. I’m also learning to listen, obey and act on the insights and ideas I receive. I have learned that it is “because of the silence” and not “in the silence” that I am able to gain clarity and make better choices.
On Friday at 3:00 pm, six of us gathered for 10 minutes to stop, breathe and focus. When I opened my eyes and saw the look of relaxation on the faces of my co-workers, I smiled and sent a thank you to the universe. I’ll be scheduling regular 10 minutes sessions based on popular demand.
Meditation is so many things. Mental focus. A muscle. A tool. It’s like trying a food you have never tried, you just don’t know if you will like it until you take a bite or a few bites. And there are times you try a food and don’t like it, at a different time you try the same food and enjoy it. I encourage you to take a bite and give meditation a try. The next Meditations and Conversations session will be on 5/24 @ 2:00 pm.
My audio program, Be Still: Learn to Meditate in 10 Minutes a Day is available on ITunes, CD baby, Amazon and other online locations. Be Still has been designed with 10 minute meditations to ease you into the practice of meditation. There are tons of apps and sites now for guided meditations, meditationoasis.com (site and app) and
anxietyslayer.com– (site and app). I also enjoy listening to Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace by Susie Mantell to help me relax into a restful sleep.
If you are local to Atlanta please visit Juiceez & Etc. 20 Jackson Street SE Atlanta, GA 30312 on
Sundays @ 2:00 pm and Wednesdays@ 6:30 pm for Guided Meditation and Sound Vibration Therapy with Surayya Abuldmateen. You can also check out Yogahive.org for meditation, yoga and more.
Please share your thoughts below in the comments.
Meditation-Om. The sound of the word can create images of monks sitting crossed legged chanting words you don’t understand. Or maybe people in flowing robes espousing words of universal love. Forget your preconceived ideas of what you may think meditation is and focus on the results of regular practice. Take a moment to imagine a day that starts out peaceful and clear and well executed. Silence is a way to add to your spiritual bank account. Peace of mind, clarity and focus are some of the results of regular meditation.
Meditation is the process of letting go of the thoughts in your mind so you can release and recharge. Meditation for me is the process of going inside to reconnect with myself. It allows me to let go. I have become more clear and focused and that allows me to make better choices.When meditation was first suggested to me it didn’t make sense. Being still? Are you kidding? What could I learn from silence? I was a talker. Who would I talk to? I enjoyed thought provoking conversations. I didn’t get it at all. My connection with my inner spirit was probably there but it was temporarily disconnected due to lack of funds. At 30 I had not learned that the currency required for my spiritual bank account was in the form of being still. I was being proactive by seeking out information from sources like people, books and classes. I was not interested at all in being still. Stillness didn’t seem like a way to learn anything.
In 1995 I started dabbling with meditation a few times a week. I didn’t want to commit to the practice. I was afraid to be still. I was afraid of what I might find out about myself. Quiet Barbara scared me. I started meditating very slowly and with hesitation. I was still not convinced I would really benefit from silence. It took several years before I decided to create a daily spiritual practice that included some form of meditation. I used a guided cassette daily in the morning and learned to be still. When I decided to embrace meditation as a natural process for growth and development I began to understand the power of silence. I saw myself grow like a newly watered flower.
Now, I won’t leave my house without my meditation time. If I am running late, I will be 5 minutes later. Meditation recharges my internal batteries. Every day I sit and I close my eyes,
I breathe in and out and I sit in complete silence. In the stillness I have a reverence and an appreciation for my life. I give thanks to The Creator for all people and experiences I have had and the ones I will create. In the five to ten minutes of complete silence I allow my thoughts to do what they will, sometimes they tell me what I need to do, sometimes not. I allow my meditation time to develop as it will. It is because of the silence and not always in the silence I gain clarity.
My daily meditation practice reminds me that I have a lot more to learn about myself and life. I have learned that I need to be still to get clear so I can choose well. After meditating my spiritual bank account is full and I am ready to create the day I want. Be Still: Yes, I must do that.
If you’ve ever wanted to try to be still or meditate, come enjoy an hour of breath work, meditations, and conversations designed to help you relax, recharge and replenish your spirit. I will be leading a meditation group at Juiceez & Etc. 20 Jackson Street SE Atlanta, GA 30312
Meditations & Conversations
Dates: 4/26, 5/24, 6/28, 7/26, 8/23, 9/27, 10/25, 11/22
Time: 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Registration
2:15 pm – 3:15pm Meditation
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Conversations
Click here for my audio program, Be Still: Learn to Meditate in 10 Minutes a Day.
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How are you living by design?
In 2009, I took a few months to “be still” so I could “get clear” and then “choose well.” I started drinking fresh “live” juices as a part of my diet, I vacationed in Puerto Rico and was able to enjoy the company of great friends, wonderful weather and of course, salsa dancing. I have been fine tuning my personal guidance system (PGS) and I am continuing to create the life experiences I desire.
Social media has continued to climb in usage from Facebook, to Twitter, to You Tube. I’ve returned to embracing aspects of technology including Facebook and this blog as ways to stay connected. As human beings we have the power of choice. We often forget that we have the ability to fully engage in life or to simply live our lives on auto pilot. I am choosing to “Live by Design.”
It’s been 10 years since I wrote my book, Why Struggle? life is too short to wear tight shoes and yes, I’m still meditating daily and still recommending everyone, (yes, everyone can benefit) take at least a minimum of five minutes (300 seconds) to be still…so they can get clear… and choose well. Here’s a quick meditation for you. This one minute meditation will remind you to BREATHE – http://bit.ly/8GQ5th.
If you are looking for stocking stuffers or gifts for the holiday season, I’m offering several specials on my website, www.dontstress.net, for my book and cd.
I’m completing my program, “Live More, Stress Less” in a few weeks and will be offering this course as well as a few other programs live and virtual programs in 2010. I am on Facebook and would enjoy connecting with you if we aren’t already connected you can reach me at facebook.com/barbarafaison.
Please share this blog with your friends, family, colleagues or organizations. If you are interested in mini-workshops, group sessions or book clubs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also want to know what things you are doing to create the life you desire.
Remember to take the time to be still, get clear and choose well so you can Live By Design.
How are you treating life these days? Yes, that’s right. Instead of saying, “How are you doing? Or How’s life? I started asking people, “How are you treating life?” Hmmm…now that’s different right? It makes you think about what YOU are doing in your life. A dog is a dog. A cat is a cat. As human beings we have the power of choice. We often forget that we have the ability to fully engage in life or to simply live our lives on auto pilot. To truly LIVE Life is a choice. Making specific and conscious choices is what I call, “Living by Design.”
1999, I wrote my book, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes as a mini compendium of ideas, thoughts, philosophies and tips for helping me manage life’s unpredictable changes and to help me learn to Live by Design. Around that same time I started dabbling with meditation and relaxation techniques but I didn’t quite dedicate myself to the practice.
Being a student of life and growth, I decided I would give meditation a try, why not? Sitting and being still was very challenging at first- now, I don’t start my day without at least 600 seconds (10 minutes) of silence or meditation. A few months ago I released my meditation cd, Be Still: Learn to Meditate in 10 Minutes a Day and I have been truly honored by the positive responses.
Daily we brush our teeth, shower and prepare ourselves to go out into the world. Meditation is mental hygiene. It is one way to prepare our mind for our day. Meditation provides mental clarity. Consistently meditating as little as 3 minutes a day ensures more focus, greater clarity and less stress. At work or in our careers we train ourselves about things we don’t know. Why not train your mind to manage your thoughts and emotions more effectively? Why not use this amazing tool to create what you want?
Do you have 600 seconds a day that you can devote to yourself? Don’t you deserve 10 minutes a day to be with yourself? In less than 10 minutes a day you can start making changes in your life that will impact every choice you make with more awareness and clarity.I’m offering several specials on my website, www.dontstress.net, for my book and cd.
ONLINE Special Pricing – available at www.dontstress.net.
Be Still CD – $15.00 (regular price- $16.95)
Be Still CD Special – 3 CD’S for $45.00
Be Still MP3 – Download Available immediately for only $13.00
Why Struggle? Book – 1 for $9.95
Why Struggle? Book Special – 3 for $25.00
Don’t Stress Special – 1 book + 1 CD – $24.95
Take a 5 minute break…Listen to a sample meditation from Be Still:Learn to Meditate in 10 Minutes a Day
Please take five minutes for yourself and be still, get clear so you can choose well. You can listen to a five minute sample from the CD several ways:
1. Click this link to listen through streaming: http://www.byoaudio.com/play/WdX5zMwx
2. View relaxing images and listen at You Tube. (be sure to leave a comment)
3. Visit my website, www.dontstress.net and listen to samples.
Please share this email with your friends, family, colleagues or organizations. If you are interested in mini-workshops, group sessions or book clubs, email me at email@example.com.
Remember to take the time to be still, get clear and choose well. Create a the day YOU want to live.