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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 305 :: more joy, more peace, more presence

3 Nov
It is Day One of Meditation Nation! Actually, it’s just the next installment of the Chopra/Oprah meditation duo. And this one is a doozie! It’s all about the law of attraction for you Secret readers out there.

I just finished Day One and feel slightly loopy but relaxed. I was taking a dose of my OWN medicine (no pun intended).

Ironically, someone I love very much told me today that she is extremely stressed out and wants to calm down. So I recommended the 21-Day Meditation experience. It seemed like the perfect moment to share some “med-itation med-icine.”

So tonight I am sharing with you too. If you need a moment of zen-peace-calm try this.
You might find your place of chill or you just might attract what you want to you.

More joy?
More peace?
More “presence?”

More peak performance?
‘Tis The Season. 

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what do you want?}

GIFT DAY 070: they’re back …a journey to perfect health

11 Mar

Today’s the day.

Oprah and Deepak team up for 21-Days of a Meditation Challenge.

Are you in?
If not you can sign up here: Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Challenge

21 day meditation, jamie eslinger, the promise daily
Today’s Centering Thought was: I commit to living perfect health.

I did the meditation. I om-ed out. I found me some zen.
And I’m still wondering what perfect health means.

(To be honest I sat through the meditation with two dogs wining for my attention… but I digress.)

Perfect health seems so, well… perfect.

When I think of perfect health it has me analyzing all the imperfections, the lines, the wrinkles, the bumps, the lumps, the you-know-whats that don’t fit you-know-where anymore.

And perfect seems so, well… unattainable. Don’t we have enough pressure to be perfect? To find perfection, to live in a perfect little bubble? The problem with perfect is this: when the perfect bubble bounces up against a pokey, harsh object, it pops. Just. Like. That.

So I did the meditation. And don’t get me wrong, I loved it.

But I still prefer to think of perfect as the beauty that arises from imperfection. The little messes that happen along the way. The unexpected surprises that were better than what you planned in the first place.

For my health that means living in the body I wake up with, and making the best of it. Bumps, bruises, blemishes and all.

And to be honest, I’m perfectly fine with that.
Zen out.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie
{Curious…what does perfect health mean to you? Write on… in the comments section.}

Day 51: a love letter to meditation

20 Feb

Tonight continues my commitment to more love and less fear this year.  For February, I am writing a love letter each day.  Tonight is dedicated to …meditation.

Dear Meditation: 

I find it funny that I am reflecting on you, Meditation.  Not funny ha, ha, rather more like, funny ironic.

Just a year ago I could barely breathe during a meditation without drifting off to the land of “what’s for dinner,” and “what will I wear tonight,” or “what bill needs to be paid.”

But, now, with a lot of practice, the pressure has lifted.  And, while I still drift away into the all too familiar land of worry, I, actually consider myself an official pro-meditator. (If there is such a word.)

Not because I have the zen of a Buddah (far from it!).  More like, I know I can do it.  I know it’s a place I can choose to go to, whenever I want!  All I need is a quiet space and an open heart.

I have even found a way to incorporate it into my daily life. Every night I meditate before I go to sleep.  It’s a nice routine that finds me with hand on my heart and a welcome break from my all-too-common brainiac attacks.

And, here’s the thing: it gives me a good feeling.  As Flo Rida sings, I get a good feeling.

What amazes me more than anything, dear Meditation, is your pure power.  The more I stick to your routine, the more I feel free, calm, clear and creative.

The more one meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be one’s world and the world at large. ~Confucius

Well said, Confucius.

Gotta love ya, Meditation!
Jamie  

P.S. I also love the 21-Day Meditation Challenge from The Chopra Center that started today. You can still sign up here.

Day 247: getting to know your dharma, in 21 days or less

4 Sep

Today marks the end of 21 Days of Meditation from the Chopra Center. It also represents a milestone — 21 days — the amount of time it takes to start, stop, invent, re-invent, or release a habit.

Has my life changed?
No.
Yes.
Kind of.
In a way.

Over the last three weeks these three main questions bubbled their way to the top of my head, heart, body and soul:

Who am I?
What do I want?
and
How can I help, how can I heal, how can I serve?

Just asking the questions rearranged my DNA, much like dumping a puzzle out onto a table and then figuring out how to put all the pieces back into their spot.

Has anyone noticed the change in me?  I doubt it.
But there is an inkling of a difference brewing, even if all those puzzle pieces end up being put right back in the same place they’ve always been.

I may not know the answers to all of these questions …yet:

Who am I?
What do I want?
and
How can I help, how can I heal, how can I serve?

But, here’s what I do know — you can do anything.

You can make a promise to yourself to do anything
Maybe it is not shopping for 365 days all in a row. 
or meditating for 21 days straight.
or not complaining for a month.
or promising to listen better for a mere week.
or turning down dessert at just one meal.
or remembering to floss!

But, I know you can do it — anything — you make a promise to do.
And, maybe that, simply that, is my dharma, my service to you.

Because I believe this:
I know you can do anything.
And, somewhere, deep inside, I suspect you know this about yourself too.

Day 229: you are who you are in the dark

17 Aug

Tonight was a Vineyard tradition, Illumination Night in Oak Bluffs, one that I have never experienced before.

It was such an adventure, wandering through the circles and sidewalks of Cottage City to see all the little gingerbreads readied for festivity.  They were decked out and just waiting to light up as soon as the sun went down.

It made me think of basketball camp in high school.  In the daylight, we teenagers played intense rounds of basketball. In the night time, we gathered together to learn a life lesson from our coaches and camp staff.

This one stuck with me: you are who you are in the dark.
I like it.  It says a lot with just a little.

It’s one thing to be all colorful and brilliant during the day, while everyone is looking and the light is shining bright right on you.

It’s another to be that same bright light at home, when you are alone, in your bed, all by yourself with no one else around to dress for or impress.

Today, also marked the 3rd day of Meditation Nation (the Chopra Center 21 Day Meditation Challenge).  We focused on creativity.  Which made me think of brilliance.  As I listened to Tiffany guide us through the path to creative abundance, it occurred to me:  we can’t be brilliant without forgiveness.  It’s easier to fly without all that weight.

And, then, some little voice inside me said:
To illuminate your soul, you first have to forgive yourself.

For the big and little things too.

So, I’m afraid of spiders and I suck them up in vacuums — Forgiven!
So, I consistently forget my friend’s birthdays — Forgiven.
So, I’m a terrible listener and should be more present — Forgiven!
And, I can guarantee more more mistakes before this is all over — Future Forgiveness!

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it?

I think it is just as simple as that saying I have carried with me all these years from the nightly gatherings at basketball camp so long ago — you are who you are in the dark — except now, I understand that, I am who I am in the light, too. 

And why not be brilliant in both?

Day 228: who are you?

16 Aug

After a nice dinner out tonight, and a lazy walk home down lamp lit Main Street in Vineyard Haven, I settled in for Day 2 of the 21 Day Meditation Challenge.

And, it’s a good thing I meditated today  — because I spent half the afternoon vexing Verizon about my bill.  The one they sent me because I canceled my service.  “Early Termination Charge” they call it.  I would call it an F*ing something, but it’s not Friday yet.  Just WHO ARE YOU, Verizon?  I would like to know.

So would davidji.
Today’s meditation centered around the question: “who am I?”

As my spirit rose and my meditation mind succumbed to the question “Who am I?” — I found many  answers, tons of answers coming to me:  creator, worker, builder, writer, blogger, sister, daughter, girlfriend, divorcee, cousin, friend, smashing success, total disaster, picture of health, arachnophobe, cancer survivor, marathon runner, couch potato, yogi, sun worshiper, scaredy-cat, brave-heart, prompt, late, over-thinker, spontaneous.

In that moment, where my list of answers ran out before me like a scroll on long winding paper, I realized exactly what I am: everything in between.

I was once an athlete.  I was once very, very ill.
I had a fairy-tale engagement in the streets of Paris.  I had the world’s worst divorce in the courts of Boston.
I led the team.  I rode the bench.
I won all the awards.  I lost everything.
I created a company out of a dream.  I watched my company fizzle in the dust.
I experienced the love of the most amazing mother.  I lost my mother too young, too soon.
I was given a second chance to live.  I have a second chance at love.

I have been in the ups, downs, ins and outs and EVERYTHING in between.

It makes me sensitive and understanding.  Sometimes short tempered and opinionated.  Occasionally frenetic, but most generally patient.

I have many layers.  And, they don’t all look the same, or even match like polka dots and plaid.  According to davidji, this is normal.

In the ninth century, the Vedic sage Adi Shankara was also asking this question, and he came up with an elegant description of the three primary layers of life that mask our essential spiritual nature: 1.) the physical realm, encompassing our environment, our energetic body, and our physical body; 2.) the subtle realm containing our mind, intellect, and ego; and 3.) the causal realm, which includes our personal soul, our collective soul, and our spirit.

Sounds like head, heart, body and soul to me.

It’s a good question:
Who am I?

Here’s one even more interesting:
Who are you?

Day 227: it’s never too late

15 Aug

It is Day 227 over here, which means it is Day 1 of the Chopra Center 21 Day Meditation Challenge.

As I listened to the fist part of the meditation, where davidji asked us to consider the questions: “Who am I?  — “What do I want?” — “What is my purpose?” I didn’t have a clear answer.  I had a lot of jumbled up thoughts roaming and bubbling up through my meditating mind. But not one clear answer.

Then, in a moment of clarity, I had something. Maybe not an answer but a pretty clear thought: I don’t know yet, but it’s not too late.

And, it’s not.
It’s not too late for me to figure it out. In fact, it’s never too late really for anything is it?

A 21 Day Challenge is not hard core around here anymore, especially after 227 consecutive days of keeping my promise.  Even still, I know that doesn’t mean it will be easy.  It will be a day-by-day process.  One foot in front of the other.  One step.  One action.

Then one day turns into two.
Two becomes four.
Four turns into eight.
Eight multiplies to sixteen.

Before you know it, hundreds of days are behind you.

After finishing my meditation, I ended my reading and research for the day with the poem What Will Matter,” by Michael Josephson.

This line sums it up for me, in this year of The Promise 365:

What will matter is not what you bought
but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

And that makes me realize:  it’s never too late.
Never too late to build something, to give something, to be something, to try something, to experience something new.

All it takes is that first day.
Just one day.

Day 111: where did the easter bunny go?

21 Apr

I read something, somewhere today.
The article proclaimed shipments of Easter Bunnies are on the decline.

Hum…
Not sure what that’s all about.
I’m surprised the media hasn’t turned it into an all out Easter Bunny Crisis.

I actually forgot Easter was this Sunday until Justin’s mom reminded me (thank you!).

After Easter there are only a handful of major holidays to buy for, dress for, and celebrate. Which means I am one step closer to getting through this year without purchases and avoiding all the temptations that may arise.

Where has the time gone?
It’s already Day 111.

Taking care of my head, heart, body & soul has sent into some fun and new adventures. With each one I realize there are more I want to try.

So, I signed up for the 21-Day Meditation Challenge.
It’s free, and hails from the Chopra Center, a.k.a. “the sweet spot of the universe” (that’s kind of a bold statement if you ask me).

The program promises:
“Daily support and guidance that will enable you to move beyond any past obstacles and experience the many gifts and benefits of meditation.”

Today Marks Day 8.
I have meditated right along, through the wonders of my computer and internet connection, with something like 100,000 other people for the past eight days.

I have yet to experience the many gifts and wonders it promises, but honestly, it is growing on me.

Today’s meditation used the “age old” neutral words SO and HUM, with the intent that you don’t associate either word with any meaning, therefore you are free to veg out and meditate fully.

Me, being a newbie, and clearly a mind racer, had a hard time not assigning meaning to each word.

With every breathe I had another thought:

SO …Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer
HUM …I wonder what Justin will make for dinner tonight?
SO …did I remember to turn the stove off?
HUM … I have to remember to take the sheets out of the washer!
SO … is this what it feels like to meditate?
HUM … I’m not sure this is working.

And SO on…

Hum …All I know is, it may not be fully working on me …yet.
So, I suppose I have 13 more days to refine my technique. 

HUM …that’s more time than the Easter Bunny has!
SO …Happy Easter Weekend.

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