Meditation is an important component to the lifestyle I already live and also for the Wahls Protocol because stress can bring on MS attacks. Someone asked me tonight how I meditate. There are as many ways to meditate as there are to exercise. Over the years, I’ve had lots of experiences meditating in different ways. Daily readings up until six years ago (cognitive attack), bath meditations, sweat lodges, ceremonies in various churches and cultural practices, healing through music, Reiki, yoga, guided meditation, alone, one on one and with groups. Its all meditation.
I don’t hold a time where I sit still for an hour and meditate. I instead work at it through the day, wherever I am, doing whatever I’m doing, I call this walking meditations. Art work sends me to a very quiet place that causes me to be completely immersed in the moment I’m in. Exercise puts me there as well, especially in the pool, I’m all about the experience of the water, my movement and what the teacher is saying. I am in an almost constant dialog of positive thought, if I think negatively, as soon as I catch it, I turn my thinking around. Working meditations, I read a Buddhist book on meditations a very long time ago and they used an example of meditating while doing dishes. Being completely mindful of the sensation of the soapy water on your hands, the circular motion of cleaning the plate, the smell of the dish soap, the sound of running water and the clatter of placing a dish in the strainer. To practice thinking of only what you are doing in the moment that you are doing it is mindful meditation. I use readings, but not always daily, I used to, however, with reading being an issue for me in the past with MS cognitive damage, I got away from the daily habit of it, maybe with Wahls I’ll take that up again on a regular basis. Listening to music is another way that helps me get centered. I begin and end my days with a smudging ritual. All of my meditating is used for the purpose of connecting to my Higher Power. Asking for help and direction in my day to day activities, the action of positive thinking, exercises and artwork. I have a constant inner dialog going between the here and now and a higher sense. I’ve been working on this 25 years. The rewards are immeasurable. To be at peace, is to not be constantly fretting about the future or ruing yesterday. Its about working to be an asset in other’s lives rather than a hindrance. Have I done this perfectly over the last 25 years? No. There have been times when I let go of it completely over a gradual period of time and I let anger and resentment rule my life again. As a result of those times, I paid terrible prices when fear was allowed to govern again. When I’m “on the beam” I tend to have bad moments, not bad days. Most important, there is always more to learn.
“Its what you learn after you think you know it all that counts.” Beloved friend and mentor, Warren Crawford now deceased.
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