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Wobbly but True

Week two is settling in for me and as such, my meditation seems to be coming around, too.  I was a little worried at the beginning of the challenge because I’d been quite remiss about keeping a consistent practice and the first few days I felt like I’d just gotten back on a unicycle after many years away. I felt wobbly, off kilter, a little afraid and slightly self-conscience. But now the pups settle in on the couch next to me and our ancient, grand kitty wanders around the kitchen waiting patiently for me to finish. There is less anxiety for everyone, including me.

I have written before about meditating with animals but it really is fascinating to me how much respect they show to my practice. Whether or not they ‘know’ what I’m doing, I sense they ‘understand’ that I’m doing my best to be present for the few minutes I sit near them. The younger of two, Bella occasionally jumps in my lap and licks every finger for good measure. She then usually joins her sister Lucy on the couch, curling up in front of her older sister. Lucy rests her head on Bella’s back. They lie quietly, waiting for the timer to chime.

These are the moments that I cherish. They are not the only moments, but they are the first to grace my day. I am a very lucky woman.

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4 thoughts on “Wobbly but True

  1. Meditating with animals sounds truly magical. 🙂

  2. Alison Brown on said:

    It all depends on if the animal sound is my dog guido barking at the UPS driver!
    I have always been fascinated about how sound can enhance or thwart ones peacefulness, and how responses to certain sounds can vary day to day, or even during different forms of meditative practices.
    For instance, some people like to listen to music on their IPods while walking/hiking (one of my forms of meditation), but hearing music under those circumstances feels like a total disconnect and actually agitates me. I need only the sounds of nature to make me peaceful when I am hiking.
    On the other hand, when I am producing artwork (my other form of meditation), listening to music focuses my creativity (as though it’s aligning my brain) and calms me so that I can block out my other distractions, including Guido barking at the UPS driver!
    Give Bella, Lucy and Turbo a scratch behind the ears for me!

  3. I envy the fact that you enjoy hiking without music. When I walk, I’m still distracted by the sounds of cars so music keeps that stuff at bay. And I’m just the opposite – I can’t write at all if there is music playing. I can block out television but not the tunes.

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