This month has started with an infusion of positive energy. I am fortunate to have two friends, unbeknownst to each other, establish this month as an opportunity to dedicate time to practice mindfulness through meditation. Prior to this, I started each day with a moment of meditation, however, I now realize that I may not have put my "mind" into it, not feeling the full effect of that which I had hoped to achieve. I am grateful to these two people who have brought clarity and grounding to my practice.
The Company You Keep
We all have a "circle of friends". Sometimes it is just an all-inclusive sphere in which we lump every person we interact with. Other times, we have categories of circles, where we place different people in respect to their "place" in our lives. We don't mean to do so, however, we all tend to mentally sort the people we come in contact with in the same manner we sort and and store any other piece of data or information. It is sometimes not so good to do this as we may inadvertently cause pain to someone through exclusion. Other times, it is critical to do so for someone may wish to cause us harm, bring negative energy, or ill-will. In each instance, it is our interaction with each of these individuals which influence our actions and "who" we are. It the becomes important to reflect upon the company we keep as each circle overlaps and aligns, they shape the nature of our lives.
I had have the providential opportunity to have in my company, two beings who were in two separate circles now congruent. This month my friend, yogi Jen McGown, infectious smile, strong hug, and peaceful earthling, introduced "21 Minutes for 21 Days" which is just as the title describes. For twenty one days during the month of March, Jen will lead a meditation program to guide participants through "a sustainable way to incorporate mediation into your busy lifestyle". Jen is a teacher, not by trade, but by natural gift. In this video, she uses this gift to teach us about our brain, the physiological changes during meditation and how our we benefit when we are mindful in our meditative practice:
Simultaneously, another wonderful earthling, my friend, vegan athlete John Lewis, strong, compassionate, inspirational, positive-energy, and motivator, launched a group "Meditation in March" in which to establish the practice of meditating just five minutes per day for the month of March. John also teaches. He has written several documents which motivate, yet instruct on how to prepare yourself and how to quiet your mind. In this video, he introduces his Meditation in March initiative:
I don't know if John or Jen know each other. What I do know is that the blessing of the interaction of their circles through the mutual connection of my acquaintance has sent the message to me that we are all linked. It through this link that we grow stronger, both mentally and physically and that we do so when we are in the company of friends. I have benefited from solitary meditation as it is something you do personally within, however, the overwhelming physical connection when you meditate knowing that others in your circle are doing the same has changed my view and "way" I meditate. I am more cognizant of the others in my circle during meditation as if I "feel" them. I am experiencing a deeper connection as I delve deeper into my practice. This month, thus far, I have begun to be more "mindful" as I conscientiously "think" about the practice and set an intention before I begin, something I had not done previously. I am discovering a sensation of loosing track of time as I meditate and experience more clarity when I arise from it. It is a peaceful feeling of "wholeness", as my circle is complete.
Give yourself an infusion of positive energy. Set an intention to be grateful for your circles. Mindfully look for overlaps and rejoice in the empowerment and growth they provide you. Experience the benefit of going deeper to realize completeness.