Too much alliteration? Nahhhhh.
I saw this on Pinterest (aka the thing that is going to ruin my academic career) and it got me thinking about my meditation practice:
(Random note- I am addicted to my shower right now- there were some issues with it when I first moved in and so I am making up for the stress of that by basking in its glory for a little bit longer than usual- plus it has this rain from the ceiling and walls thingy which is pretty much the best invention ever).
Maybe it’s weird, but while I do think about myself as someone who meditates, for me that doesn’t mean I sit in meditation every day. I meditate during my yoga practice, I often do a meditation run, and I spend different times of every day focusing on mindfulness meditation. I am a big fan of the “do what you can and don’t worry about the rest approach” and for me this works best because otherwise I am super lazy and don’t end up doing it at all.
I love to turn off my music when I’m walking to work or whatever and listen to my breathing and take in my surroundings from an internal place of stillness. I also like to practice mindful meditation with my coffee by really focusing on each step of making it and drinking it only thinking about the coffee and how it tastes and feels and smells.
(Image from here)
Running is a major way that I meditate- listening to my breath, my footsteps, noticing the way my body feels to run and the air on my face etc. The combination of the runners high and the calm of having just meditated – be prepared to look pretty darn blissed out and dazed, maybe don’t do this before a business meeting 🙂
Here are two awesome articles if you want some legit info on how to make meditation a part of your run:
Yeah, I kinda adore MindBodyGreen.
Finally, one of my fave quotes about mindfulness:
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
And a whole bunch of quotes like that on one of my fave websites:
On another note, I have to tell you the most exciting news of my week and possibly of my entire life. I saw the minion movie! I have been waiting a LONG time for this (thanks to my boss who told me it was coming out in January… It’s been a long six+ months) and it beyond fulfilled all my expectations. I seriously want to go see it again already. The adorableness was off the charts, the whole theatre was laughing, and I really think they need to make a sequel to it like right now.
Okay so I know that any other news after that is just gonna be boring but I will attempt to power through anyway.
I had an awesome winter run/workout this morning that felt good and sweaty and led me to this random park with workout equipment meaning I felt obliged to crank out some sit ups, planks, and push ups (yeah, still working on those. They’re getting better slowly!). Also I’ve said it before but Sydney’s abundance of water coolers is so cool (HA). Every runners dream, a water cooler exactly when you really really need it.
There was also a gorgeous purple winter sunset in my new hood:
And a veggielicious dinner:
P.S. It is so weird that I am in winter and most of you guys are in summer! If you feel overly hot you are welcome read my blog and feel better after seeing my cool weather pics, I am so selfless I know 🙂
What is one word that sums up your week? -MINIONS!!!
Plans for the weekend?
Do you meditate? What sort of meditation do you practice?