Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are all survivors: terrorist attacks – disease– death of loved ones – professional upheavals – relationships.
Life events and ripple effects demand we are fully present; for ourselves and each other. I’ve recently facilitated early AM “centering” sessions of meditation, yoga and empowering dance for “Peak Potentials, Inc.”, in an “Enlightment Warrior Training” designed by T. Harv Eker (“Secrets of a Millionaire Mind"). Waves of positive energy flowed and permeated the day, reaffirming the power of these venues.
My 26 year old daughter, living and working in Madrid walked for 11 days (260 km) on Camino de Santiago. In addition to being a break from her routine, she was physically challenged and spiritually uplifted, feels a large sense of accomplishment and is better able to cope with life’s events.
Being mindful is often challenging and enhances productivity. Try this in the early AM for optimal performance and anytime throughout the day:
- Find a comfortable space without distractions.
- Notice your breath and focus on it. When thoughts appear, notice them and allow them to pass through, like clouds in a windy sky.
- Trust you will remember creative ideas and solutions (do not write them down).
- Acknowledge what you are grateful for.
- Stretch or do yoga, being mindful of the breath.
The following excerpt is a favorite of mine, from “The Summer Day”, Mary Oliver (House of Light, (1990), Beacon Press.
Namaste Shanti (light and peace),
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
Into the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I’ve been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
© 2005 Eileen Lichtenstein