Welcome to Week 2 of the July 2011 Self-Care Retreat, which I am hosting with the delightful Cheryl of Gluten-Free Goodness and our guest hosts, Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily, Wendy of Celiacs in the House and Iris of Daily Dietribe. Cheryl has written two fabulous posts on self-care through reflection and on resources for meditation.
I, on the other hand, have had complete writer’s block in addressing this topic. When I get writer’s block on the blog, it always feels like a particularly acute bout of laryngitis, something which I was all too familiar with before discovering gluten and I were not meant to be. I would have these horrendous sinus infections which invariably would take over everything, including my throat, and then I would not be able to talk. But anyways, that is how kind of how writing about meditation has felt this week. Like I have no voice.
I am not sure why – some of it is that this has been a week of highs and lows in a lot of ways, which is when you would think meditation and reflection would be most necessary, but I find it is much easier to meditate during a more normal, or perhaps I should say temperate, week. And some of it is that meditation and reflection is hard. It just is.
When I wrote my 11 for 2011 post, I stated that going to a meditation class on Thursday nights at Tranquilspace was one of my goals. Scheduling-wise, that did not work so well, but since then (in fact the class no longer is offered during the time slow) but since then I discovered a newly offered Monday night Yoga and Meditation class which, as it turns out is a significantly more comfortable experience for me than a Meditation-only class. Attempting to meditate after a yoga class is far more calming for me. That said, I do also try to attend a Sunday morning meditation class at Tranquilspace. That class, while helpful in making meditation and reflection a regular practice, is such a struggle for me. Sundays is also when I go to the farmers’ market, so all I want to do on Sunday mornings is get my week in order, and look at recipes and get vegetables put away. I often find my mind wandering during that meditation class, though I noticed after 4 months of semi-regular attendance (2 to 3 Sundays a month) that as sitting still got easier, the act of doing so actually quieted the mind.
The upshot of it all – I feel like I am progressing towards my meditation and reflection goal incredibly slowly, but writing about it is making me realize that the microsteps are getting me somewhere, so that is encouraging. I firmly believe that being able to quiet the mind is a form of self-care, and one I am determined to incorporate into my life, taking microsteps to get there. I am planning to check out the resources for meditation that Cheryl posted as well.
In the meantime, our month of self-care continues tomorrow with a post by Wendy on self-care through food.
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