|Do my goals provide a time for getting grounded, enjoying each moment and smelling the flowers?|
How can I effectively reach my goals?
I have learned that the goal will be reached more effectively through attentiveness than by supposition that merely being on the right mountain you will get to the top.
- Meditation is focusing and breathing. Observe what is going on around you, but don't judge it or yourself. See the observation with your mind's eye. Describe it, put a word to it. Then let that observation float away on a cloud, one observation at a time, until you are only aware of the current moment. Do this practice in a calm place.
- Quiet your mind to stop your wandering thoughts for a moment. Ask yourself the following questions slowly, paying close attention to your breath. Slow deep breath in. Slow deep breath out. Close your eyes. If you don't want to close your eyes, concentrate on a spot on the wall.
- Can you see the blackness or the spot? Describe it. "I see blackness." Don't judge it. Now, float it away.
- Can you hear what is around you?
- Can you smell anything?
- Can you feel your chair beneath you with your fingers or feel your shirt?
- What do your insides feel like? Is your heart quietly pumping? Do you feel a particular emotion?
- How about your outsides? Are you cold or hot?
- Notice each thing, describing it, and then floating it away.
- Can I do anything about it?
- If so, set a goal and list some small steps to get there. Then, do it.
- If not, leave it alone and move on to something else.
So for today's goal: I will stay in today, make a plan, using baby steps and meditating when necessary. And, I will smell some flowers. How about you?