How To Find A Quiet Place for Meditation
A Perfect Quiet Place
My perfect quiet.....
First of all, go looking to see the meanings of the words I don't understand. then take a break, get set up in my easy chair if people are home. if the weather isn't frightful, outside in the studio. or on the porch. anywhere i can feel the whispers from the nature critters, telling me their stories. Basically, repeat, repeat, shut off the rambling mind.
Outside, most of the time. Into the studio. Grab the laptop. Get a meditation spot set up and relax for awhile. When the meditation is done, write about the thoughts and feelings it brought up. Answer the questions. No right or wrong, just answer them, on the spot, no editor, nothing else.
Often, a quiet place is in a park, with children playing at a soccer game. Depends on what the subject is. Depends on my morning thought. Found this cool way of writing a lot. Just make a habit of it. How do I find a quiet place when a new subject is around to expound upon?
Making Time, has become a most crucial factor. This creative brain runs and crashes into the circle of choosing a starting point for the day. Even when the first thoughts are listened to it continues to be a struggle to pick one. When the 'no time' voice is screaming in the mind, as we race around in circles grabbing our coffee, pacing the house, outdoors, begging the mind to choose something...
Whew, I know right? Sit down already, light the candle, go sit in the chair outside, okay then, just the swing. Have at each place the tools needed to quiet the mind so the wisdom choices of the day can make themselves known.
When we can do that, the fear isn't the first thing reminding us we can't trust ourselves. We go ahead and try on our ever growing knowledge of does it fit us? Is this our spot? Does it matter enough to light that fire under us strong enough to commit to it?
Forget the questions at this point. I find my peace outdoors all times of the year and would love more than anything to turn into an animal out there so the elements of being human will quit sending me back in side for warmth and food and the income needed to supply a suitable roof over our head.
To us that have no concept of what a blank mind is, these active steps to prepare for meditation are necessary. Since we aren't animals, we have found two indoor spots that help us get to the same outside comfort level. A soothing bath or in front of our wood stove burning warm and bright.
Abundance In A Quiet Place
We just finished an Internet meditation about this to a degree. It was on abundance. Yes, abundance to me has always been a quiet place I can go. Usually out in nature for me has always served me best, and I it. Here is a writing practice after our quiet meditation.
"The wonder of the young world around me, took a hold of me as a little kid. I cannot live without it. The quiet space, the emotions of the wind, the laughter on my skin. Afraid to tell you all the passions, then you will lock me up and take my rations. No fear anymore. I admit defeat. I cannot work in that world and have food to eat. I must be able to talk about my quiet place in a way that is peaceful and in good taste. That satisfies my hunger from the inside out. That puts food on my table, so my family is feed.
So that all the world hungers not, for the prayers are being said. If there is a plan for destruction and blowing up what went wrong, there is a plan for peace on the planet where every one gets along."
Going With In
Where or What is Your Quiet Place?
Tools That We Need
I am beginning to see that even in meditation, the right hand needs to know what the left hand is doing, so to speak. Not acting on the messages received, we again have to look ourselves in the mirror, holding ourselves gently, singing amazing grace.
It opens us up in ways that if we are not careful, we punch ourselves in our own faces. Ouch, and how? By still being afraid to act on the new messages we have been given. In that forgetting, in the putting off asking for the help we needed, again, oh sweet humility. Accepting our mistakes, learning from them.
Yes, enough said, learn the tools, learn the trade. Even in meditation, probably there more than anyplace else, trust and communication are tools we must learn and practice. Yes, here I am mostly talking to myself, forgiving myself, picking myself back up from another bruise, so to speak, that yep, I caused myself.
Today the lesson I am encouraged to remember is, use the tools, trust them.
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Empty The Mind, Teach Me How
© 2012 Maree Michael Martin