WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 7

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 7

As I meditate on this phrase--word by word, syllable by syllable, and breath by breath--I was reminded how much control we have over our own emotional state and mental well-being. I was reminded that our reactions to all of our life experiences--either good or bad--are a product of perspective. Tuesday, I desired to spend the day with a heightened sense of compassion. Wednesday, I decided to temper my anxiety. And yesterday, I decided to love and appreciate myself.

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 6

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 6

It's sort of like stepping into your grandparents' house after being gone for a while and immediately being welcomed by the familiar aroma of their home. Without thinking, you immediately feel relaxed and at peace. Returning to meditation is providing me a similar sense of nastalgia, and just how the scent of your grandparents' home seems to linger on your clothing for days after your departure, my meditative state is beginning to last beyond the completion of my 10 minutes of quiet sitting

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 4

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 4

Today, I practiced a variation of a technique known as focused attention meditation (aka concentration meditation).  While one's focus can be target toward an external object or body part, I like to focus my attention on a short quote or mantra.  I like this form of meditation because my needs change daily--all of ours do.  On a Monday, we might need a little extra motivation; on a day with a high-stakes meeting, we might need an added boost of confidence; and on a day during which we have a big presentation, a reminder to remain calm might be needed.  Today (and most days), I needed compassion. 

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 3

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 3

After today, I've successfully fulfilled my three day commitment to guided meditation, and am now ready to move on. I can remember a time when I loved guided meditation encouraging relaxation and positivity, but much like I've outgrown my attraction to 'thugs' (as a disclaimer, I grew out of that phase in high school), apparently I've also outgrown my attraction to having a charming accent step me through my meditation.