Endurance from the Meditation Front

A funny thing happened as I wrote about endurance. The old post from 2013 endured. I couldn’t delete it. So, a few updates: Minnesota artist & writer AJ, visiting New York four  summers i…

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Endurance from the Meditation Front

A funny thing happened as I wrote about endurance. The old post from 2013 endured. I couldn’t delete it. So, a few updates: Minnesota artist & writer AJ, visiting New York four  summers i…

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Take 5 Baby Steps

Take 5 Baby Steps to your Volcano This may not be the best way to climb a mountain, but start with baby steps. Psychologists and coaches talk about the benefits of doing the hardest things first to…

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Baby Steps or Giant Leaps?

Happy July 4th week! I have not blogged in nine months. There’s no excuse, other than I am re-calibrating (now there’s a shifty word) my work on so many levels. Do you ever find yoursel…

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Baby Steps or Giant Leaps?

Happy July 4th week! I have not blogged in nine months. There’s no excuse, other than I am re-calibrating (now there’s a shifty word) my work on so many levels. Do you ever find yourself at the precipice of change but not quite ready to leap across the chasm? This is the adult version of the kid’s game Giant Steps. It may be a recipe for frustration, or worse, stalled purpose. This is an issue for so MANY of us. For others, they might be enlightened or more likely, unawake, even dead, to the call of purposeful transformation in their lives. Great leaders suggest that small steps will ultimately lead to significant mileage and a new landscape. Great writers prescribe the practice of writing 100 words or so a day, until voila, a bestseller has been word processed. Great beings urge us to cross chasms by leaping past our limiting beliefs and tentative steps: the bolder, the better. Are you a stepper, a leaper, or some of each? What works best for you and how so?

It is not so simple. I know that much as I like the notion of leaping, I am 1. afraid of heights and diving, and 2. more temperamentally suited to taking steps before I leap. So today, check your chasm quotient, and take a few or a thousand steps. Clean out one closet or box of files, or the whole darn house. Share your game or intention here or at sheilaklewis@gmail.com, and I will be your “cheer-leaper.”

Coming soon: New blog, new website, and co-authored with Barbara Neiman, My Calm Place: Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation Strategies for Children, an easy-to-use 50 card deck for all ages, with suggestions & instructions. (www.pesipublishing.com, Amazon). When ordering, use code word CALM at Pesi for discount and free shipping.

 

 

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As Long As You Want

I am going to clarify about how long to meditate; in my opinion, meditate as long as you want. If you only have ten minutes, I still say, that’s better than nothing. If you prefer an hour, do it. The main thing is to be concentrative, focused, intentional, non-distracted and non-multi-tasking as possible. Don’t use the time to ruminate about all the things you didn’t do or should be doing instead of meditating. Don’t use meditation as a beat up time, punishing “time out,” or great escape (like, not showing up for work on time). If ideas and inspirations come, welcome them. If you are afraid you will forget them, jot them down on paper or a pad. Meditate with a sense of purpose and common sense. Lighten up about it!

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The Age of Ex-communication

We are living in an age of excommunication (I mean, ex-). Like, you’d think people are communicating all the time. Right? No problem. They do, on their devices. This isn’t real, deep conversation. It’s more like this:

We should make a plan sometime.

Ok, when?

Not now, I’m tired.

To plan?

Yeah, talk later.

‘K.

This is not communication. It’s not even planning. Perhaps it’s post-communication. Because really good communication is face to face or second best, face-time to face-time. Planning is a poor cousin or unrelated to deep communication. In my family, it may involve a long chain of emails to discuss a gathering at some future time and place when everyone can congratulate themselves that the plan actually happened or didn’t happen. Deep communication free of the intrusion of planning is elusive, in which case talking on the phone can be a delightful surprise.

Ah, the seduction of electronics. Take a day (or a few hours) to excommunicate your devices. Observe this day as a sabbatical, Shabbat, or the Sabbath. And after a good talk, observe the satisfaction of silence and the appreciation of being heard.

Can we reduce our electronic footprint by just plain talking? What can be gained? Try it for once and get hooked.

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