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Excerpted from Wisdom Bowls by Meredith Young-Sowers. Copyright © 2002 by Meredith Young-Sowers. Excerpted by permission of Stlilpoint Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
"It doesn't matter if our minds wander; we can continue to bring them back to center, to the still point."
Wisdom Bowls, Part 2
Meditating isn't a decision we make every morning. It's a practice. We show up whether we're tired or sick, rushed or unhappy. We show up and learn we have within us something that we can trust that is available when we need positive reinforcement.
There are many ways to meditate. But all of them center around quieting our thinking to allow us to focus our attention, intention, and loving energy on a single item, phrase, or spot. It doesn't matter if our minds wander; we can continue to bring them back to center, to the still point. We are learning to be fully present in the moment, by not thinking about what happened yesterday or what's coming up tomorrow. The point of meditation is to create inner balance because it reminds us that this is also the point of life.
Breathing is so natural that we forget its ability to calm and center
us. Normal breathing brings oxygen to our blood and our cells while
removing cellular debris and carbon dioxide. Breathing more deeply has
the additional benefit of calming our minds as we exchange worry and
stress for peacefulness and joy. When we remember to take several deep
breaths throughout the day, while putting our hands over our heart
centers, we see our daily tasks in better perspective.
Loving Touch ™
Loving Touch is powerful medicine. It's the medicine of love that can
be used under every circumstance and by every one of us for ourselves
and the others we love. I've talked about Loving Touch in two stories in
this book, my experience with my daughter Melanie and Anna's experience
with her daughter Sadie. These stories demonstrate the miraculous
healing power of Divine Love. Loving Touch requires nothing more than
our intention to love. We can place our hands on someone, or put our
hands on a picture of a person or place in the world that needs our
loving attention. We can use Loving Touch with someone who needs love
but wouldn't be comfortable being touched, by imagining that we're
performing Loving Touch on them, and it will have similar benefits.
Loving Touch is a spiritual aspirin -- an action prayer -- meant to stir
love in someone's heart as well as in our own.