“Where attention goes, energy flows.”
I heard this phrase in a yoga class many years ago, and every once in a while I am reminded of it, or â€“ as the case may be â€“ need to remind myself of it. This weekâ€™s Monday meditation is about where we are putting our attention.
We canâ€™t give our attention to all things at all times. Which, if youâ€™re like me, can be supremely frustrating! There are always going to be certain aspects of our lives that we are unable to focus on at any given time.
Because of this, we must decide, and reassess on a continual basis, what our priorities are.
This week, take some time to meditate on where you are putting your mental, physical and emotional attention. And what type of attention is it? Is it positive, or is it negative? Is it moving you forward? Are you placing your attention on the things that truly matter to you, or do need to shift your focus to do just that?
When we become clear about where we want or need to focus our energies, itâ€™s remarkable how the universe seems to step in and support us.
Last weekâ€™s meditation was focused on letting go, on releasing habits, behaviours or thought patterns that no longer serve us. Today, as we start our fresh Monday slate, letâ€™s meditate on the word embrace.
It is easy to embrace the parts of life we love, the foods we like to eat, the people we are happiest being around, the activities we enjoy doing. But what about the parts of life that are necessary to our daily living yet donâ€™t make our hearts sing? The minutiae. Like taking out the garbage, emptying the dishwasher, doing the laundry (I have written before about my laundry mantra). Or the behaviours or habits of others that irritate us? (Looking at you, dear husband, who cuts his sandwiches on the counter.) Or the parts of ourselves we are always so quick to judge ourselves on? (Looking at me and my competitive nature.)
What would happen if we embraced all of these things happily, and accepted them as part of the larger fabric of our lives. What if each of our daily movements became a lesson, a celebration of sorts, or an opportunity to shift our mindset? What could we let in?
Could embracing a different attitude open our views of ourselves and the world a little wider? It could be as simple as embracing patience on our daily commute and letting that person into the traffic jam ahead of us. Or embracing the idea of trying things we havenâ€™t done before, and perhaps discovering a new favourite form of exercise.
The possibilities are endless if weâ€™re willing to be open to them, embrace them. What can you embrace this week?
This weekâ€™s Monday meditation is about letting go. There are always things we hold onto tightly. We might have ideas or habits or relationships that we are scared to let go of because we think they define who we are. Opinions and beliefs that we are so invested in that we canâ€™t see beyond them. Or we may simply have ways of thinking or doing things that we feel we canâ€™t change because we donâ€™t know any different.
From small choices or actions to deeply ingrained habits, there are always aspects of our lives that we can let go of. By recognizing â€“ and letting go of â€“ these behaviours, thought patterns, emotions, expectations and interactions that no longer serve us, we can adapt, change, and discover new perspectives.
Sometimes itâ€™s painful to let go, sometimes itâ€™s frustrating and difficult, but more often than not â€“ when the letting go has happened â€“ we feel a sense of freedom, ease and potential for positive growth.
This week, turn your thoughts to the idea of letting go. What do you feel is weighing you down, holding you back, or keeping you stuck? If you need a little help, hereâ€™s a mini guided meditation to get you started. Another activity that is extremely helpful is writing down daily things youâ€™d like to let go of.
Hereâ€™s to letting go. May it be a freeing kind of week.
I often close my yoga classes by saying or singing the words, â€śOm shanti, shanti, shanti. Om peace, peace, peace.â€ť This invocation of peace is a powerful way to both seal a yoga practice and also create a mindset with which to leave the mat. Peace, on so many levels, is worth turning our attention and energy to.
With Remembrance Day a week away, I thought it appropriate that the theme for this weekâ€™s Monday meditation be peace.
What comes to mind when we think about the word peace? What does it represent? Some days, I am more conscious of inner peace, of nurturing that sense of contentment felt so far deep inside of me but that is also intricately connected to the world at large. Other days, Iâ€™m focused on simply keeping the peace within my household! And there are days when I am consumed by the news and the challenge(s) to peace in so many communities.
This week, I ask you to meditate on what peace means to you. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, and in relation to the world around you. Let yourself explore what brings you peace, and how you can cultivate more of it. Observe whether there are obstacles to peace in your daily life that you can shift or approach differently.
And if youâ€™re in need of some inspiration, or an idea to focus your thoughts on, this is a beautiful quote to meditate on:
â€śWithin the heart there is a place of peace.
May we all live from that place.â€ť -Marina Raye-
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.