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Metaphysics Monday: Finding a Way to Slow Down

I know I’ve disappeared for a while.  Here’s part of the reason why:

LIfehack.org: 10 Ways to Slow Down in a Fast-Paced World

It’s very metaphysical, so it works out perfectly for today!  Another article is coming soon on ways to understand yourself better through your dreams.

I just came off of a long bike ride: 70 miles in the Door County Century.  It was just the right amount — not too short, and a little bit challenging in the middle.  I told Brian I would never do the century again (I did 100 last year) unless I got road wheels or a new bike — or both!  He did 100 miles this year, even after minimal training.  Apparently he isn’t human. . .

The weather was perfect this year, and I had a lot of time to myself on the road to just enjoy the sights.  At one point my “to do” list began to creep in, and I began to start worrying and panicking about things coming up this week.  I had to remind myself repeatedly: “All I have is right now.  I am here.  I am now.  All I have is now.”  It became something of a mantra, and I was able to calm down.

I’ve been reading the book Dharma: Finding Your Soul’s Purpose.  There is a part in there about a woman who wastes a lot of energy through her excessive thinking.  I was reminded about how much I get lost in my thinking — what an energy waster I am!  And I dislike inefficiency!  Here was yet another reason to redirect my mind to the present.

That’s all we need to do.  Concentrate on the present.  One task at a time — the one we are currently doing!  I was talking with my mom the other night about how scattered my mind is.  I was frustrated because I’ve been in classes for a year, and lately I feel nearly as scattered as when I started!  I told her it was hard feeling this way, noticing the stillness of others around me.  She reminded me not to compare.  It is about me, just as for every one of us, it is about ourselves only. And all we need to do is redirect.  Thoughts will come, and thoughts will go, and we gently redirect.  Over and over.

I’m really looking forward to the Still Mind, Present Moment, Open Heart experience on September 27th.  The presenter, Dr. Daniel Condron is known for his still-minded influence and has written many, many books on related topics and on spiritual work, some of which include: Still Mind, Present Moment, Open Heart : The Hope of the World, The Emptiness Sutra, Permanent Healing, the Bhagavad Gita Interpreted and Explained, Tao Interpreted and Explained, The Seven Secret Keys to Prosperity and Abundance, and Understanding Your Dreams.

Have a wonderful, present-minded day, everyone. Namaste.

“Slow Down!”: Addendum

Do your visualizations match your words?

This is what I was contemplating this morning during my meditation.  I was feeling depressed this morning and trying to figure out why.  Finally, after letting my mind run a while with thoughts and thoughts and thoughts, I got to the meat of the issue: I was still visualizing what I didn’t want.  My words were saying one thing, but I was still picturing, thus still living in what I didn’t want.

It can be difficult trying to visualize a totally new image for my life.  What does it look like to have space and get things done without stress and worry?  To not be rushing?  To be relaxed?  I don’t feel like I have a lot of life memory to draw from.  But that’s ok.  Baby steps.  At 8:30, I will be done with this post.  At 8:45 I will be done taking care of Bowser and be pulling the garbage/recycling cans out and be on my way to work.  I will have a relaxing drive to work because I’ve checked the traffic.

I’m on my way.

What goes in. . .

You know you’re getting old when. . .  you can’t eat whatever you want anymore without paying for it dearly.  Sadly, I have acquired my father’s digestive tract, and I get the gurgly-wurglies — and all related unpleasant side effects — fairly often these days.

My latest transgressions?

Last weekend: uncontrolled consuming of M&Ms (of both the regular and peanut varieties)

Wednesday: Shots of Kahlua (so NOT a good idea on the same night as orchestra rehearsal)

Thursday: cheesecake (only ONE piece — what the heck?)

So, here I am, wondering what I’m going to do to get back on track.  Because seriously, with the stomach pains I had the last time, I think my body is trying to tell me something.

THE PLAN:

1. No more cheesecake.  I’ve never been a huge fan, so why am I participating now?

2. Also, no more ice cream.   <– That could be a tough one.   But, it’s about lactose intolerance (which probably also explains the cheesecake).  I don’t drink milk for this reason.  Ice cream gives me just as much trouble.  But I don’t think I can give up cheese. . .

3.  Eat slowly.  I still tend to eat fast, finding stopping to eat really inconvenient.  This is an awful habit.  The last time I tried this, it helped tremendously.  Also, the slower I eat, the sooner I can get my body’s “Don’t eat anymore of this” message before I start to feel really sick.  In fact, slowing down in life in general would probably be of great benefit to my health.

4.  More fruits, veggies, and nuts, and less of the other stuff.  I think I will put some out on the table today for while I’m working.  I also need to pick up some of my favorite ranch dressing to encourage me to eat the raw veggies. (Yes, I know ranch has some dairy in it.  I have to cut myself some slack somewhere.)

5. More exercise.  I lost my beautiful daily exercise streak.  But it’s never to late to start it again!  (Went for a walk with the pup today already.)

Challenge: Easter Lunch/Dinner.

I think I should be able to handle #1 and #2 without difficulty.  I’m sure I’ll have time for #5.   And #3 shouldn’t be a problem, either, since there will be no rush, and eating is one of the main reasons we get together.  It’s #4 that will be rough.  I think the key to keep from succumbing to the delicious, not-nutritious food is to make sure I have a good meal before I go.  Actually, that will help me with #3 AND #4.

Plan complete.  Challenge accepted.

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