This is my first blog entry. In this blog, I will share my latest creative adventures. I embarked upon an adventure today to take part in Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s Meditation for Relationships 21-Day Challenge. A friend of mine is joining me in this experience, and describes it as the Ch’Oprah meditation series. I bring in the spirit of the Buddha of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City: the Stairwell Buddha. I unexpectedly encountered this Buddha in a back stairwell of the Met. This photo still calms me. Day #1 centering quote is, “Today I am open to the presence of miracles.”
I’m not always very disciplined at seated meditation. I get fidgety, find excuses not to sit, and my monkey mind is off the leash. But I cannot deny the benefits of getting quiet for 15 minutes a day. I think everyone can benefit from a centering ritual, be it prayer, quiet time reading, yoga, or spending time in nature. The author of, “The Presence Process,” Michael Brown, has a useful analogy of a jar filled with oil and water. The oil is our mental activity, much of it untrue and anchored in the past or future. We are agitating this jar so it’s hard to tell what is water, our essence, and what is oil. But once we introduce stillness, the oil floats to the top, and can be scooped out. Over time, there will be less and less oil in the jar.
Join me in this adventure and stay tuned!