Day 101 of 365 Consecutive Days of Meditation

It’s kind of amazing how the smallest things can add up to something bigger.

For instance, I recently read about someone who meditated every day for a year. A simple thing, a simple sentence, sparked a thought in me. That thought was, “I would like to meditate every day for a year.”

101 days in and I’ve learned that my mind (as are all minds) is very creative. Time meditating, leads to many varied insights and feelings. The question for me, then became how to manage insights and feelings because they aren’t always pleasant.

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http://ashleyturner.org/v-logs/how-to-meditate-why-meditation-works-introduction-to-meditation/

Thanks to the internet, I read about mind waves yesterday, at the above and below link, this in particular resonated with me:

When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer… In five or at most ten minutes, your mind will be completely serene and calm. At that time your breathing will become quite slow, while your pulse will become a little faster. It will take quite a long time before your find your calm, serene mind in your practice. Many sensations come, many thoughts or images, arise, but they are just waves of your own mind.

https://www.dailyzen.com/journal/zen-mind-beginners-mind

Do you meditate? Are you aware of your mind waves? Are you accepting of them? I think the next 100 days of my practice will be devoted to accepting, not fighting the waves and allowing them space to calm down, I invite you to join me.

If you have a smartphone, a great app is insight timer, I highly recommend it,  it’s free and it has an incredible database of guided meditations and a user friendly timer option as well:

https://insighttimer.com/

 

Peace,

Songbird Sparkle (April Barnhart MDiv)

 

Dear Estranged Adoreah

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http://energia.livejournal.com/61013.html

What truth

Are you rising to?

Awe filled lungs, watery sky,

Are you floating in or passing by?

Do you trust your breath?

Or do you only worry about the next?

Who taught you? Who cares?

Forgettable lesson, fiery endless stairs,

To step off remind yourself of transition, pause,

Steps already learned, applause,

You are river, cloud and song,

You are wind, perfect subjective combination

Day 30: NaPoWriMo (Things That Happen Again and Again)

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http://www.sacworldaidsday.org/candle-light-vigil.html

Sun sets, moon rises,

New day, new lives begin,

To seek peace, there must be war,

There will always be rich, there will always be poor,

Those who celebrate and those who mourn,

Those with strength and those meek,

Those righteous hungry and thirsting,

The O/other, the same,

A line, a lie, a name,

The truth is a circle and we sit around the bonfire and sing,

We raise our voices to nothing and it’s everything,

Nothing is everything,

We will be free,

When we can see,

The line between you and me,

Arbitrary,

Blessed are the ignorant,

Blessed be the skeptic,

For theirs is the kin-dom of heaven.

Day 29 NaPoWriMo: Specific Noun From Favorite Poem: Flower

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http://sproutgrowers.com/StoriesArticles/SA.htm

Like humans, flowers gestate in the dark,

Each fed by time, water and sunlight spark,

A flower can be wild, can be a weed,

Can overtake expansive space, starting out as small seed,

The line between admiration and envy,

A comma, so common, yet breathtaking, begin and ending.

 

 

Read one of my favorite poems whose specific noun, flower, inspired my poem:

“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver:

http://www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=477

Day 28 NaPoWriMo: Skeltonic Verse

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http://www.philipchircop.com/post/88974171007/like-a-feather-there-was-once-a-king-sitting-on

Your mind will not be my cage,

Light the palo santo and the sage,

Purify and turn the page,

Pause for righteousness, cease, release,

There is a case for Godliness, a reason to seek peace,

We must still ourselves as the world continues to turn,

Though absent now, the sun will return,

We will descend or rise together,

Let’s be wise and rise, let us be windswept feathers,

Floating on the breeze of mystery,

Hope, hardwork and many dreams,

Collaborating to rebuild our shared reality.

Day 27 NaPoWriMo: Taste

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http://weknowyourdreams.com/food.html

 

Do you remember your first taste of cream?

You were the fuzzy eyed bambi in a colostrum daydream,

They broke bread, you ate,

So many first tastes:

Dense cotton candy circus peanuts,

Salty blue corn chips made of tortilla,

Greasy hamburgers, tomato cheese tin of spaghettio’s for lunch,

Crisp, watery cucumber and orange carrot crunch,

Bubblegum amoxicillin when you were sick,

Pills softly sliding in buttery syrup,

I spit out my first sushi,

Had some more when I found out I just didn’t care for seaweed,

Homemade Creme Brulee, hummus and beef tacos with kidney beans,

Dad’s 20 layer salad, Mom’s enchiladas, tuna casserole and rainbow funfetti,

Food tastes like community and memories,

All of which are salty, bitter, sour, savory and sweet.