First, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the comments and emails regarding my last post. I am feeling less shell shocked and have been spending lots of time with Harold's family this week and we are doing OK. I am considering doing a post about him later this week.
Now, back to regularly scheduled programming. Last night was the Monkey Mind Meditation session. It was a small but enthusiastic group. There were just 3 of us - Corinne, myself, and another gal I hadn't seen in awhile. It was really enjoyable. We learned about the health benefits and the basics. We also managed to do 3 short exercises, each using a different method. I loved it.
I always thought that to meditate you had to completely clear your mind and I couldn't get it. How can you completely clear your mind?? These people must know some secret trick?? DUH! You can never clear your mind - the goal is to FOCUS your mind. Now it makes so much more sense!!
The instructor led us through the first exercise where we closed our eyes and focused just on our breathing. After several minutes she dinged her meditiation bells to signal the exercise was over. The other girl just about fainted as we weren't warned about the bell. After we all laughed, Donna the instructor said the bell was a pleasing sound to signal the end of a meditation. Of course I had to be a smart ass and say "Well, you can't ring your own bell!" Good point eh!
One of my hopes was that this would be a good tool to help me wind down at night and fall asleep faster. I thought I would try it last night at bedtime. Well, I don't remember meditating for too long, as it must have worked. I fell into lala land pretty quickly. Not sure if it was the meditation or exhaustion.
(I had a couple of cool meditation images but blogger is not uploading tonight)
I haven't picked up my hook since Sunday and I miss it. I think tomorrow night I will try to get back into the routine.