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What I learned while hanging in a silk cocoon.
This weekend I’m enjoying some much needed warmth and sunshine here at Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona. It’s the fulfillment of a promise I made to myself last year when I decided to visit in 2015 as a guest instead of a teacher.
It’s also aligned with my commitment to walk my talk. It’s irresponsible to teach self care if I don’t take care of myself.
To that end, I just had an awesome experience – a floating meditation. For nearly an hour I was cocooned in a silk hammock that hung from the ceiling, while treated to the sound of crystal, singing bowls and the gentle, guiding voice of a woman named Alysa.
Here’s what the experience looks like…
During the hour, Alysa played the bowls and gently rocked the silk cradle as I slipped into a relaxed, altered state. When it was over, I felt like I’d been in my chrysalis for a mere five or ten minutes.
It was butterfly heaven #x1F600;.
Before we started, Alysa said something I wanted to share with you. A teacher once told her…
“Meditation is a form of forgiveness where we learn to let go of the hurtful thoughts we think about ourselves.”
Such a beautiful idea and one I intend to use.
Thanks to my sister-in-law Diane, I started a daily meditation practice over a month ago and it’s been such a blessing.
Morning and night.
So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the impact meditation has had on my life.
I can quickly trigger a calm response to stressful situations by using my meditation word.
It’s easier to prioritize my time.
I’m more organized.
I feel more present to life.
And it’s handy. Meditation is a tool you can take anywhere.
For years I tried to make myself stick to a meditation practice without any consistent luck. Now, in my wiser years, I realize that a practice – any good, self-care practice – finds us when we’re ready.
And that brings me back to forgiveness. It’s so easy to be hard on ourselves, to push ourselves to meet standards set by an internal voice that keeps raising the bar.
Be merciful and kind.
Give yourself ten minutes of peace.
Take a visit to butterfly heaven #x1F600;.
This Week’s Video
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