“How I Spent My Detox Friday”

In which I share a thought on the power of patience, straight from my meditation room. Plus: a book recommendation.

Good morning, Adventurers!
I’ve raised this topic earlier: meditation. Now, before you frown and go about your day – bear with me, it will be short, sweet, and well worth your time.


Meditation, huh? Yup.
BTW if you think, meditation is for the ivory tower type, let me tell you that, unfortunately, you’ve been misinformed.

how-to-stay-sane-meditation-roomhow-to-stay-sane-meditation-room-closeupAnd right now I am taking advantage of my mad skillz in meditation to get balance into that one huge peak of my nature: impatience.
Now, I am not trying to fight it, or to mute it. I seek to understand it, and to see what positive, constructive powers could possibly be hiding within. My guess is that beyond impatience there is a Clondike of possibilities. I also know that impatience is a constant frenemy of every creative person out there.
So my today’s message rooted in yesterday’s lenghty and much needed meditation break is: There is great power in a moment of quiet.
So whenever you think it’s time to check emails or update Twitter, just sit down instead. Breathe in, and breathe out. Do nothing else. The Earth will not stand still, I promise:
1-2-3-4-Breathe in.
1-2-3-4-Hold your breath.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-Breathe it all out.
1-2-3-4-Hold your breath. 
And again:
1-2-3-4-Breathe in. 
1-2-3-4-Hold your breath. 
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-Breathe it all out. 
1-2-3-4-Hold your breath.
And again, and again, and again, until all you can think of is the count of your breath.
After just a few minutes, you will feel more centered (it might feel strange), and more relaxed (which might feel awkward), and experience a new sensation of being in the now.
Shhh… Enjoy it, while I quietly slip out of the room…

…The book in the pictures above is How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World (iBooks, $9.99), a beautiful, calm and quiet “book of hours” by Sophia Stuart, the founder of TeamGloria.com. It’s a roundel of elegant photography and very easygoing writing style. Given that the author describes how a serious illness reminded her to pursue her true dreams, this is a great accomplishment, and a valuable lesson for us all.
Hard copy available for the non-digital hoarder 😉

8 Comments on ““How I Spent My Detox Friday”

  1. I’m a wannabe meditator – hehe! It’s been a goal of mine to adopt a regular meditation practice for a long time, but I’m still not there. This year I set a New Year’s Resolution to meditate for 10 minutes a day for five days a week. I was doing well with this until my recent vacay, so I’ve got to get back on track. I do feel better when I meditate despite the fact that I only do it for ten minutes. Great post! Celeste 🙂

    • I am happy to inspire & to help 🙂 And I, too, find that meditation really helps (re)adjust where we are and where we’re going, even if it’s 10 minutes. Science proves that people who meditate regularly are more happy, more confident, and more grounded. What’s not to love? 😀

  2. I loved this! I tend to forget that meditation is as simple as that and so…don’t do it! Thank you for the reminder and the perfect review of Sophia’s beautiful book.

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