Almost every morning after my yoga practice, I meditate for a few moments.
Sometimes Gidget sits beside me, resting her head on my leg. But from what I’ve read and understand, it’s just as beneficial for her if she is sleeping in her bed on the floor next to me.
I used to get frustrated (and sometimes still do) when meditating, thinking “My mind won’t stop talking!”
This is another lesson I’ve come to understand is that it is not about shutting your mind off completely. It’s learning to go of the thoughts without judgement and just letting them float on by.
So here I was meditating Tuesday morning. I choose a word to bring myself back to center when my thoughts wonder. I chose stillness as my word for this particular day.
I set the timer on my phone for 15-minutes. In the background I had music softly playing- Reiki Ocean part 6 on Pandora is my favorite.
I got comfy in my big wicker chair and closed my eyes. Gidget takes a few moments to settle in, but I let her do her thing and try to not let it distract me. I love how it feels to have her beside me which grounds me.
Here’s an example of my meditation thought process from Tuesday.
I have to work on my newsletter today.
What am I going to write about?
Mmmm, that feels good.
I want to write about mindfulness too.
I forgot to take the chicken out for dinner.
Was that a car door I just heard slam?
Don’t look. Keep your eyes closed.
I can’t forget to make copies for Saturday’s workshop.
And on and on it goes. This is normal. It’s those in-between times, what Dr. Wayne Dyer calls the gap, that is meditation. Those sweet spots of calm. It is so worth it to move through my thoughts, finding my way back to the word and the center that grounds me.
And having Gidget in the room, or beside me, is so worth it too.
Even if your pet isn’t in the room with you, I’ve heard this is still beneficial for them. They can feel that good, relaxing, renewing energy no matter where they are. Just picture them in your mind and set your intention, and they will benefit.
I read somewhere that even if you are the only person who meditates in the household that it actually benefits everyone. I think that makes perfect sense. And it’s another reason meditation makes me feel good to know that I may be holding the center for someone else. Even my sweet dogs.
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