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Oct 03

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The first day of… this week

This morning I did something completely out of the ordinary – I stretched and then I meditated.  Stretching is something that I need to do MUCH more of – I’m no longer at an age where I can abuse my physical body with hours of sitting and then expect it to stretch itself out without me participating.  As for meditation…well, that’s a whole other story.

There was a brief period about six years ago when I got really into meditation and was really enjoying it.  I’m not sure how long it lasted maybe 6 or 8 weeks.  That period glows in my mind as a perfect little oasis of self-care.  But something happened and I got scared and I’ve shied away from meditation ever since. Specifically, I started having some experiences that I didn’t know how to handle at the time – the beginnings of astral travel, psychic experiences, and the like.  It was simply too scary, so I shut it down.

This morning, I committed to sitting down – just sitting down.  And being quiet for a few minutes.  That’s all.  No time limit, no specific practice.  Just sitting down and being quiet for a few minutes.

I’m not sure how long I sat with my eyes closed, but I think it was probably about 10 or 12 minutes – longer than I imagined I could do without getting antsy.

So today was day #1.  In the past, I would immediately sabotage myself by thinking that it was day #1 of THE REST OF MY LIFE. That’s the quickest way for me to stop doing something – to think that I’ll never have another choice ever, ever again.

Today I’m choosing differently. Perhaps eventually the “out of the ordinariness” of it will become ordinary and I won’t have to think about it.  But for now my goal is simple: to sit down again tomorrow.  Just to sit and be quiet for a few minutes. I’ll just think of this as day #1 of this week.  🙂

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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