Understanding the Mind

 

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Last year I found myself leading a mindfulness movement at work, and with so much focus on the power of consistent meditation, I decided I should quit dabbling in it and try a regular practice.As part of a group a colleague was leading, I meditated for 20 minutes every day for 10 weeks! Then, when the class was over, I gradually found myself meditating less and less.

Over the holiday break, a friend pointed out that a period of great creativity and joy in my life corresponded with this period of meditation. So, I’m back at it: 10 minutes a day, trying to make it part of my morning routine (but cutting myself some slack when work demands me extra early and fitting the 10 minutes wherever I can in my day). I shared this intention with my friend Maureen, and she sent me over to Zen Habits : Breathe and Leo Babouta’s Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind. The quote below from this article captured much of the value I have found so far.

Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.” ~Leo Babouta, Zen Habits : Breathe

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Splashes and Explosions

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It’s taken me awhile to let go of the frustration I’ve been feeling about my inconsistent blogging. Acceptance came as I realized my creative energy is flowing, just more directed in service of my work. I’ve never felt more vibrant and alive at work and can hardly believe the amazing opportunities I have to co-create with my colleagues…strengthening our executives’ leadership as they address real business challenges and inviting greater mindfulness into the way we work. The poem came as an acknowledges that wherever the creative energy is flowing, the faucet sometimes drips and sometimes flows full force.

Splashing and Exploding

Sometimes

there’s only room

for creativity

to splash its energy

onto the canvas

in small bits of color;

other times

generativity

explodes

in bursts that

take unimagined shape

and fulfill the vision.

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