I have taken myself to a spa for a few days before starting my new job.
There is, already, a theme emerging. It is around the fact that our bodies hold all the answers, if we are able to tune in.
I am terrible at this. All my awareness is above shoulder level and I am accustomed to tuning my body out.
Meditation, as I discovered yesterday, is as much about listening to your body as it is about calming your mind. It is about focusing on the present and using your physical self to ground you there. This is another thing that I suck at.
It turns out that 30 minutes in a dimmed room under the control of a monotone voice can, at least, start nudging me in the right direction; and, even though I kept having to yank my mind back to the starting point – here, now, not tomorrow or what we’re having for dinner – I’m certainly becoming more conscious of the importance of this grounding.
It’s how to maintain the sentiment in the ‘real world’ that will be the real challenge!
P.s. In the absence of a photo, here’s the (calming) view from my room.
In the second half of the meditation, we were asked to imagine ourselves as a mountain. This didn’t really work for me (possibly the height thing), but I did have a strong image of the sea and water. For me, grounding is about knowing that you’ll be okay in the middle of change. That you can stay afloat and sail happily along, whatever comes along. Guess that was my learning….