Monday, October 8
“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”
– Mahatma Ghandi
It’s Columbus Day. My fellow co-worker paesana, Jen, and I wish each other Happy Italian~American Day!
I didn’t sleep well the previous night. There’s been a wicked cold going around at work that came with a dry, itchy back-of-the-throat cough. I made myself a small bowl of brown rice pasta and Puttanesca sauce with lots of spicy red pepper and a glass of sparkling water. It helped me to fall asleep, oddly enough, after doing ten sun salutations.
I haven’t meditated or practiced yoga in a couple months. And I felt it! These exercises in breathing help promote health, balance and general well-being. I was missing this!
About a month ago, I picked up a couple of books on meditation at one of my favorite bookstores – New Renaissance on 23rd Street in NW Portland. I was visiting town on business. One of the books, The Meditation Year: A Seasonal Guide to Contemplation, Relaxation & Visualization by Jane Hope, opens with the following in the introduction “everyone in the world wants to find peace of mind and avoid suffering or un-happiness…” The word “meditation” has many meanings, but its ancient roots go back to Sanskrit words related to healing, wisdom and learning. To truly meditate, one must clear her mind, escaping from the noisy chaos that inhabits thoughts and emotions to quietness, silence and stillness.
I haven’t had quiet, silence or stillness, except for when I’d go to sleep at night. To which I should add, as I have mentioned before, I have been sleeping way better here in my new home than in my noisy-traffic-static-laden diminutive apartment in Redmond. This is a big deal!
But, I haven’t had the meditation that allows me to focus in on that ever-important healing, balancing breath.
It’s important to reserve a place especially for meditation, kept free from clutter, reminders of work, hobbies and reading, which can obviously distract. I tried to do this, but because of limited space, I have my office work space sharing my meditation-themed room. But, I am convinced I can make it work.
I printed out a yoga schedule from Yoga Pearl. I really want to get back into it, especially the hot yoga or power Vinyassa, which is so good for my injury-prone ankles and knees. I know that by including yoga and meditation into my life routine, it will help me bring to fruition my quest for happiness, balance and well being. It’s a commitment to self love, a commitment I am more than happy to make. My heart and soul are in the right place. I feel like a lotus flower slowly opening up to possibility.
“Harmony is eating and resting, sleeping and waking: balance in all you do. This is the path to peace.” - Bhagavad Gita