Day 141

I connected with nature today in a walking meditation. I walked across grass and rocks in both the sunshine and the rain. I felt the earth supporting me in each step that I took. We used our beads and a mantra ‘Om Shanti’ throughout the walking meditation. I found after so many hours of sitting I really like this style of meditation. We pondered the reason today of why we meditate. It isn’t a form of therapy. It’s more a practice in concentration and the ability to slow down thoughts and the busyness of our minds. For me it helps bring clarity. It helps me tune into my heart and intuition. It helps ground me as I can easily get into that go getter mentality. It’s a lot easier to slow down your thoughts and make more balanced decisions. I’ve found this when I’ve been off from work I have had so much more time to think more clearly.

What is also important is how much you meditate. It’s better to meditate each day for a shorter time rather than long ones once a week. This will be a challenge for me when I leave here to meditate daily. I intend to be able to bring this into my daily routine. I also intend to share with others what I have learned. The power of presence is very strong. It allows space in our minds. It allows us to be here now. It allows us to experience the world more peacefully. Less judgement of others and ourselves. I feel content today. I feel like I am on the right path. I don’t need to know what the future holds to be happy. I can live each day and take each moment as it is. I can be with my feelings and acknowledge them. I can see that their are forces way beyond myself that control our universe. I can be an active participant of my life without writing out where the next months, years or decades will go. That is the magic of life we don’t know how it will unfold. Just when you think things are calm or ‘perfect’ the universe will have other plans.

Hamish thank you for making me more resilient and helping me surrender to life. Thank you for helping me appreciate the joy in each day no matter what it is like.

Author: Jodie Matthews

I am a mother, writer, mindful life coach, minimalist and many other things. I love mother nature. I am happiest when I am floating in the ocean. I am a keen traveller and love to explore and discover new places. You can connect with me further on instagram at @jodieleannematthews

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