This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Sufi Mystic & Poet, Rumi wrote the Guest House all the way back in the 13th Century. Today it was on the Daily Calm 7/25/21. It reminds us that when challenges come our way, they will pass through and go away. Tomorrow is a Brand New Day. Actually your next moment in time is brand new, it’s up to you, to do what is needed to stay calm, centered and peaceful.
This past Friday, I was complaining to my spiritual teacher about some money issues. He actually got pretty pissed off, because of all that has been taught to me and reminded me to Meditate. (And never speak of lack, because our subconscious minds Don’t differentiate your positive or negative thoughts. So its best to think in abundance).
My instructions for the week were to meditate every evening for 3 minutes. I just did 3 days in a row at 2 x 12 minutes cycles per day. The meditation brings calm, peace and is good for overall health and wellness.
Rumi even goes on to tell us that some challenges, may just be stepping stones to bigger and better opportunities to come our way. Today’s challenge, will be tomorrows victory!
When things feel rough and tumble, take a moment and meditate. It may feel difficult at first, but the more you do it, the more peace meditation will provide.
Some Tips: The Daily Calm app provides a new meditation every day. It only takes 10-12 minutes. This app is my favorite. And it has an emergency SOS meditation, that I do when work feels like it’s too frantic and frustrating. I would recommend the Daily Calm App.
Or go on YouTube and choose a guided meditation. There are so many to choose from. Something for every challenge, difficulty or dilemma.
It’s in the silence that our best ideas are produced. There’s no right or wrong way to meditate. I would recommend to “Just Do It” Daily if you can. Don’t even worry about sitting perfectly or anything like that. Just close your eyes, listen and breathe.
I’m actually still a bit wound up from this past week and will stop writing and dial up another meditation. This time, my 2nd all time favorites-Yoga Nidra by Brenda Kwon. No matter how many house mates invade my brain, Yoga Nidra is a great go-to stress reliever. Try and do 20-45 minutes if you can. I guarantee Yoga Nidra will work. I even did it at the dentist one time and didnt even feel the new tooth being inserted into my mouth.
Yoga Nidra, The Daily Calm and even the quick and effective SOS will provide relief for whatever it is your mind thinks is happening. Remember, it is us that chooses our thoughts, not our boss, partner or surroundings. Give Meditation a try. Be Grateful to be alive. It’s a precious gift we are given.
Yesterday (1/18/21) NBA TV and TNT broadcasted five non-stop basketball games, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the day. It was a well deserved celebration of sports, human rights and yesterday & today’s culture.
The fifth game of day came down to the Los Angeles Lakers vs their arch rival, the Golden State Warriors. During the first half of the game and into the 3rd quarter, the Warriors super sharp shooter, Stephen Curry, could not make a three point basket. Well he did hit a few, but far less than usual.
The announcers kept saying Shooters Shoot, so Steph kept shooting the three’s. In the 4th quarter with just minutes to go, he hit a bomb of a three from way past the 3 point line-SWOOSH!. Then he dribbled down the court and missed an easy lay-up. Lakers got the ball one last time, but because of Steph’s three, they were still in the lead. Game ended with the Warriors winning 115-113 against the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Look for the Good
It’s here after the game that we see how it can be a challenge to keep our minds positive and to look for the good. Steph Curry reluctantly jogged down to the post game interview. Looking bummed out, shaking his head back and forth, for sure upset with himself. The announcer said, I know that look, you missed the lay-up. Steph said Yep. BUT THEN, he said something very similar to this: Yep, I’m bummed I missed that..Oh, lets focus on the POSITIVE and RE-FRAME my answer. I did hit the long three Pointer and we won the game.
Just like you and I, professional Athletes don’t just play the physical game but the mental game. Steph Curry caught himself on National TV about to say something Negative and in the moment told us all, the Positive. Sometimes, things may not come out as planned, are not perfect or really do feel bad. Stop, Breathe, Re-Focus/Re-Frame your thoughts. And Look for the Good in every situation that may occur.
Stop, Breathe, Re-Focus/Re-Frame your thoughts. And Look for the Good in every Situation that may occur-Huna Das
It takes effort and persistent. And no one is perfect. If you Look for the Good most of the time. That’s quite alright. It’s just something to be aware of and to try your best.
It was pretty amazing watching the Look for the Good spiritual Soulution in action, on TV after a hard fought NBA Basketball Game.
As my Mom would say: Look for the Good and See the Miracles.