Contemplating the year ahead

January 31, 2019 8:41 pm Published by

One of things I love about a New Year is that it gives you an opportunity to reflect on the year before and start thinking about what you would like for yourself for the coming year.  This could be in all sorts of different areas of life.  It could be work, or family time.  It could to learn something new, or to work on some improvements to your home.  Or it could be to look after your health and wellbeing.

“I am really enjoying the process of how it is all coming together”

Last year, as I was preparing for spring, I decided I wanted to create much more balance in my life, and part of that was to bring more creativity to my life. It wasn’t easy though as life decided to throw quite a lot of twists and turns into the mix. I did, however, manage to have a lot of fun exploring my creative side through making mosiacs and getting the sewing machine out too. But the icing on the cake has been writing my book (I am currently writing a book about meditation and bringing a new perspective to life).  I am now into chapter 6. Sometimes, there is little free time to write, but that’s ok. I am really enjoying the process of how it is all coming together.

“What can I do today to make life easier?”

So, what would I like my growth to look like this year? I would like to continue to work on bringing a good life/work balance. I also would like to look at really simple things that I can do each day to make my life easier. Lately, I have been contemplating this as a question each morning: “what can I do today to make life easier?”, and then I listen, as my mind and body come up with many different answers, and I pick the best one for that day. Sometimes, the best answer is to do a quick mindful body scan to see if I can release any tension, or make Meera-dog’s walk a little shorter, or even sneak in a nap. But all of these little things really do help to make life a little easier.

 

Contemplating a question – a meditation

A contemplation meditation can be really good at helping you to see view your own insights to different subjects, without attachment or without judgement.  It is looking at something purposefully but your mind is allowed to flow freely around the subject.  You can contemplate an object, a word, a song.  Anything you like!  Sometimes the insights can be inspiring, sometimes they can be negative, some can even be really silly.  But you just let all of the insights just flow by you, without judging or attaching to them.

  • Decide on the question you would like to contemplate.
  • Start by by noticing your body being supported by the chair and your feet on the ground
  • Be aware of your breath coming in and out of your body.  Maybe be aware of the sensation of breath, either at your nose, your chest, your belly, or somewhere else.
  • If it helps, you can label the breath “in, out”
  • Stay with the breath for a couple of minutes.
  • Now bring your question to mind.  Repeat the question to yourself.
  • Be aware of the answers, and then let them go.
  • Continue to bring the question to mind.
  • Be aware of the answers, and then let them go.  Some of the answers will feel inspiring, some will be negative.  Some will be silly.  Some will be truthful.  But whatever comes up, let the answers go.
  • If you find yourself attaching judgment to any of the answers, or if you find yourself getting lost into thoughts about the answers, let it go.
  • If you find yourself resisting the experience in anyway, acknowledge the resistance and then let it wash over you and come back to the question.
  • And when you are ready, come back to being aware of your chair and your feet on the ground.
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This post was written by Sarah Presley

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