Five-word Meditation

This morning I am sharing these with you. I wrote them at the beginning of June for myself and they became my Mantra over the weeks. In reading these over again today, I thought some of you may also appreciate them and perhaps make you reflect on your words.

Presence – by being the observer, the witness. I become present here and Now in everything that I say and do – walking, doing the dishes, making coffee, writing, breathing, talking, etc. I am also present in the sense that I am not projecting myself in the future, expecting, wishing, hoping, imagining. I am living here and Now. I am present.

Determination – by sticking with it. I follow my path, I continue moving forward, I move over and around obstacles that I face. I am determined to achieve my goal of being more happy, being Me and by not giving up. I have determination.

Courage – by keeping my eyes opened in the midst of the storm, by facing what I have come to see. I have courage to go through with my decisions, to face the conflict it may bring, leaving fears, guilt and the unknown aside. I have the courage to do what I know is necessary and I believe in myself. I have courage.

Patience – by not trying to force things to go faster than they should. In each situations, I have poise and balance and I am able to see the bigger picture. I do not jump to conclusions or make irrational, emotional decision based on fear or anger. I recognize the Ego in action, trying to hide the truth from me, trying to shield and protect itself. I have patience.

Faith – by believing that all is the way it should be. I know that Life has my back! I strongly believe that all happens for a reason : learning. I understand that to learn, I must be opened to change and not have fear to let go of the control I think I have over any situation. Instead, I simply go with the flow, letting it carry me as a stream carries a flower. I have faith.

Namaste.

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Patience

Patience is something I wish to explore and further integrate into my life. The fact is, I’ve never been a very patient person. In sports, I expect to perform quickly, at work I like to get things done, and in life I sometimes have a hard time hearing people out and taking the time to really understand them.

Earlier today, I was listening to a video by rock climbing legend Lynn Hill about patience. As a rock climber I could relate to a lot of the frustration and anxiousness she was depicting. At the same time, I think there are a lot of similarities with what she was describing and with life in general.

We make a lot of mistakes because we do not take the time to acknowledge where we are physically but also mentally. We sometimes hold on to life the wrong way, forcing ourselves to move through a certain set of obstacles instead of taking a step back and figuring out what the best way to approach them will be. Some will say that we are eager and this is great if eager means enthusiastic but not if it means impatient.

Scoping out the next move, shifting your weight, balancing your body and finding your inner stability applies as much to rock climbing as it does to life. Impatience is a form of control and it can be very deceiving when it is combined with expectations.

Practicing yoga continues to help me find this balance in rock climbing and in life. I use Pranayamas (breathing techniques), which I have learned through yoga, when I climb but also in life whenever I need to regain focus. Lynn Hill talks about tunnel vision and I think she’s right; we get to a point in our lives where we become so focused on our problems that they end up taking the whole space. This applies as much to stressing out in the hard part of a climb (crux) as it does to the challenges we are faced with in our daily lives. Take a step back. Breathe.

In order to move towards a happier life we need to practice patience over and over again, as difficult and sometimes as impossible as it may seem at the moment. And so, when we stop reacting to life and start responding to it with a patient and loving approach instead, we shift our perspective from an arduous task to a simple step part of something much greater. Achieving patience and letting go of control is not easy, but it makes me a lot happier  ;)  Good Night.

Link to Lynn Hill’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxRpeFQmyQ4

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