I bought two awesome books yesterday from a secondhand book store in Stirling; Buddhist Yoga, and Meditations from the Tantras. I’ve always been brought up to be quite spiritual through the influences of my family, I’m not religious but I hold dear to my heart the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and have integrated mindfulness and meditation into my daily living for some time now.
After reading a little bit of each book and feeling elated by its positive and compassionate words, I went for a walk on the beach as the sun was setting and enjoyed the spring-like weather. I felt so blissful and at peace during my walk. I am practicing appreciating the current moment exactly as it is, which is helping to reduce or heal the frequent and persistent thoughts of looming work, chores, commitments and that my feel good moments are on a countdown. On mornings when I have work to go to later, I practice being in this peaceful moment before work and enjoying it. While at work, it’s easy to be in the moment because of the busyness it provides. But during those moments when I’m looking at the clock to see if its home time I’m reminding myself to be fully present and enjoy this moment exactly as it is. And if I can’t enjoy it, it’s all about accepting it. I feel an important thing to remember in life is that there are always going to be moments we dislike and other moments that we love and wish would last forever. The other important thing to this fact is that we must accept and breathe through the times of hardship or dislike (minor or major regardless, and easier said than done mind you), while during the joyful or peaceful times, appreciating it for all it has to offer without clinging to it and wanting it to never end. The ending of good things brings suffering when we become attached to it and the wanting of bad things to end brings suffering also.
I have recently experienced insistent pain in my neck and shoulders from a strenuous Vinyasa yoga session for the last two weeks. While this has been frustrating due to limiting my movements, it has been a meaningful time to practice my acceptance of what is, breathe through my feelings and appreciate my current health and wellbeing despite the pain. After Osteo appointments, gentle stretches and patience, my back is gradually getting better and my movements returning back to normal.
For now, I am appreciating this moment and loving the experience of life. I look forward to reading these books and sharing more from their pages on here later.
Peace and Love