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Back to the Breath

I'm disappointed in myself for not having done a blog post in a few weeks. I promised myself that I would be diligent about doing this weekly yet I'll fell off the wagon very quickly. Oh well. Perhaps if I publicly exclaim, here and now, that I will write something every week - and you've all heard me now - I won't have any excuses to not do it!

Anyway, here we are now. I've been really ill for the past 2 weeks; I don't get sick very often, but as with everything else, when I do, I do it really well! I've had a very hard time trying to meditate while being ill; the coughing stops me in my tracks and then I lose all focus. So today, I'm finally feeling a little better - still not 100% and still coughing but not as much - so I decided to spend some time this morning in meditation.

I often tell my students in our Meditation Monday class that meditation is a practice. It's never perfect. Sometimes it's great; others, well, not so much. That's why we practice! I really stuggled today to get back on track and caught a whole lot of thoughts intruding into my space. I just could not seem to focus at all. So instead of giving up, I thought I'd try something that I've preached in my classes and you know what? It worked.

So what did I do you ask? Well, it is actually so very easy. I focused on my breath. That's it. Simplicity at it's best.

But what does that mean you ask? Well, every time I found a thought intruding and taking my attention, I would note that it was there, picture it in a fluffy white cloud and push it out of the way. Then I focused on my breath and used it as a mantra. I repeated: Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out ... in my mind as I took each breath. It is amazing to me that by doing something as simple as that I was able to clear my mind and get back to what I was trying to do. Thoughts still came in and each time, I just noted them and refocused on my breath.

I wouldn't say I had any profound experiences in my meditation today, but what I did have was those few moments of focus and clarity that set me up for the remainder of the day. I also feel that I am in control and if I'm having challenges with clearing my mind, I'll just pull out this very handy tool. And now I can't wait to get back there tomorrow morning for my next session.

Are you having challenges establishing your meditation routine? If so, email me at and I'd be happy to help!

Stay tuned next week for What's New at Spirit-Talks. I've got some great classes starting in September that I'm sure you won't want to miss! Have a wonderful week!

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