I read a wonderful article the other day, http://www.elephantjournal.com/2008/09/dr-reggie-ray-busy-ness-is-laziness/, about slowing down and making that quiet moment to ponder life an integral part of your day. "People put meditation on their To Do lists. This is something I tell my students: “If you don’t put meditation on the top of your To Do list, it will be at the bottom, and it won’t happen.” I find that if meditation is not the first priority of my day it won’t happen. You know if I am
foolish enough to say, “Well, I have to make this phone call, check my email…,” then it’s over. Finished. “I’ll do it later.” It never happens. Look at your life and ask, “Am I being honest with myself? Is it really true that I don’t have time?”
I'm afraid that when I was working full time meditation wasn't even ON my list of things 'to do'. They call it a 'practice' for a reason - it requires practice! Oh how I wish I would have known then what I know now! But, even in my retirement, with all of the time in the world, I still have days where I don't consciously set aside the time and revert back to my busy-ness. The things that keep me busy are not urgent things; dishes, making the bed, planning meals, reading a book, going for a walk/bike ride/swim, driving into the city to see our wee ones, knitting or crafting or just making time to take pictures. None of these things are urgent but unless you set the time aside and make meditation a priority there are days where it just doesn't happen. Then, something happens that reminds me again of how peaceful my days are when they start with a few quiet moments just 'being'.
This week those reminders came one after the other. I read Dr. Ray's article and it certainly struck home with me, especially the parts about our fast-paced North American lifestyle. Next, my daughter wrote a blog, http://cuchida.blogspot.ca/2013/10/saying-yes-to-this-moment.html?spref=fb , that reminded me once again to 'stay in the moment'. As I read through her blog she referred to another blogger, Liz Lamoreux, who inspired Christine (and now me) to follow her on a 10 day journey of "Saying Yes To This Moment". I was just pondering what happened to my morning meditation and it's like the universe conspired to get me back on track. This has happened before in my life and I am again reminded that if I just take a moment, one moment, to ponder life the answers will appear.
As I just finished a photography course, part of my 10 day journey will be making a photo of one moment in each day that touches that quiet spot in my soul. I hope you too can find a moment to 'just be' and join us on our 10 days of Saying Yes To The Moment.
Today's photo is from my photography course on Hornby Island. What I love most about this picture are the rings of light in the front of the rocks. It's all about the light :)
TAKE A MOMENT TO CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO REALLY SEE THE LIGHT!