The Calmness of my Days
I've been doing a bit of reading and research about meditation. I've never dipped my toes into Zen meditation, maybe I will. However, upon further reflections, I find that I do indeed embrace meditation but differently.
When I pray my Catholic prayers, I enter a calmer sense of being. The older I get the more I appreciate all of those Catholic school days and how they are valuable to me on so many levels. On my daily walks as I place one foot in front of the other, a cadence is developed and soon I let go of tiny worries. Sometimes I think about the birds I hear or the deer I see and sometimes I'm not thinking about anything in particular. Those nothing moments are treasured.
When I sit down and pick up my knitting! My, I love how each and every stitch I create lulls me into a state of happiness, quietness deep down inside. I have knit through joyous times and in trying times. If I am actively worrying about something, I'll pick up my knitting even if I don't feel like knitting and give the activity a solid half hour. Thirty minutes later, I'm less anxious and I have something to show for my time.
When Frodo sits beside me for warmth, gives me the "look" which means either pet him or put his blanket on and we are together. I think he is an expert at meditation, I could learn from him.
I continue to do my meditation research, practicing breathing and counting. I like to try new techniques and hopefully I'll incorporate them into my days.
Do you meditate? What activities give you a sense of calmness?
Have a wonderful weekend!!