Meditation Well-being

Day 21 – Got to keep pushing on

June 6, 2017
Monks meditating

It has been a while…

Sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks.  I felt very overwhelmed trying to juggle everything that I just took my foot off the pedal and took it easy for a few days.  I reached out to some other Girlbosses with my feelings that I just was struggling to cope, and everyone’s advice was to take some time, relax and put things into perspective.  So I followed their advice, and although I still am feeling a bit delicate I know that I need to slow down and take more time to do nothing rather than always be rushing around like a lunatic.

So what have I been doing?

I have been mentally planning my next moves, business, career and health wise.  I have started to read a great book from a new hero of mine – Ajahn Brahm.  You probably have not heard of Ajahn BrahmPhotograph of Ajahn Brahm but I highly recommend getting to know him (not literally).  I first discovered him when a couple of colleagues were discussing meditation.  They mentioned a Buddhist monk who is quite famous, and based in our city of Perth, Western Australia.  I did a quick Google and soon become quietly obsessed with this laid back, very funny man.  To read more about his life please check out his Wikipedia page here.  I started to listen to him on the Buddhist Society of Western Australia’s podcast and found his personality so great – he is very relaxed about his believes but also extremely dedicated.  He tells great jokes, mixed with some wonderful anecdotes and philosophy.  The most important thing I have found is he makes me smile on my commute to work.  My goal is to attend one of his guided meditations but in the meantime I decided to read one his books – starting with Kindfulness.

Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm

Kindfulness book cover

I am currently a third of the way through Kindfulness and so far so good.  The chapters are very short bite size chunks – so easy to take in.  Ajahn Brahm makes meditation sound easy and doable by everyone, each chapter is scattered with small quotes too – one of my favourite so far is:

“My first meditation teacher told me something that at the time sounded quite strange.  He said “There is no such thing as a bad meditation.” He was right”. 

His philosophy around Kindfulness seems to be that Mindfulness is not enough, you need to add kindness to mindfulness.  Ajan Brahm then gives the reader guidance on how to quieten your mind during meditation and how at least giving meditation a go is a start and you can progress from there.

I will keep you posted with further progress and findings as I make my way through the book.

Other than more reading I have just tried to relax more in general.  I still have my de-cluttering missions to go although I did make a start by emptying our TV cabinet – this was spurred on by the fact that we bought a new TV cabinet so it was a bit of a must.  My checklist for this week is to: declutter bookshelves and bathrooms – please hold me accountable!! 🙂

Signing off, hopefully for not for too long this time.

Natalie x

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