via Photo Challenge: Solitude Continued from “Creating a Zone of Tranquility”
I wanted to sit right down and start writing some thoughts to improve the article, about creating a Zone of Tranquility, when I realized that I needed to take some of my own advice, the advice that this article is all about……. finding a place for Solitude, Creating a Zone of Tranquility, as it’s called in Vastu, which is another term for Indian Feng Shui.
But here’s my question; How often do I use it? Not often enough, I can tell you that!
And how long does it take to find the clarity I’m talking about?
It’s taken this mud over a week to begin to finally settle, and it has been sitting still 24/7, and it still isn’t clear.
So, how long does it take our minds, when they are being constantly bombarded with new information, and what can we do to take the process of clearing our minds one-step-further?
You may have stopped watching television, or at least, edited what you do allow to enter your mind by being more selective about what you give your attention to.
You may have already carved out a sacred space in your home to use as your place of Solitude, your Zone of Tranquility.
You may even have limited the amount of time you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, Ebay , Shopify, and email to a reasonable time period.
But how do you spend those 15 minutes per day of ” clearing obscurations-of-the-mind”?
And what if I can’t get into a sitting pretzel position on the floor to meditate?
And what can I use to help me, once I do figure out the correct posture to begin?
My Dear Cottage Mavens! I can only share with you my experience, and hope that you will be able to create your “zone” that is unique to you.
I like to sit in a comfortable chair, preferably a wingback because it has good back support. But any chair will do as long as you can plant your feet firmly on the floor. I also like a pillow at my back to support my lumbar, and a soft blanket to wrap up in.
This is called the” Westerner’s siitting meditation posture “coined by Paramahansa Yogananda. Here are some guidelines:
- Sit up straight in a chair
- Eyes closed and focused between the eyebrow
- Head erect
- Feet flat on the floor
- Palms resting on the thighs at the juncture of the abdomen
The reason to keep the eyes focused between the eyebrows is because if they are lowered, your thoughts will begin to stray.
Keeping the back straight and head erect, align the spine to receive Divine Light from Source, and to help you stay awake.
I like to hold two palm stones in my hands. My favorite stones or crystals to hold are Rose Quartz, clear quartz, and amethyst. It’s a personal choice. You can even go look in your garden fr a couple of smooth rocks that fit comfortably in your palms.
They all have a living vibration, and I’ve noticed a feeling of groundedness, and I go deeper into the silence.
Today, I sat with two rose quartz crystals.
Sitting quietly, calming the mental chatter, I began feeling a wash of chills flowing through my body.
For me, this confirms the presence of my Angels and guides.
This is when I take a moment to let the blessings flow over me, as though my whole body is being cleansed, healed, and burdens are being lifted and transformed.
This is the feeling of pure and total bliss that is waiting for you.
I also take this time to express gratitude and give thanks for the healing vibration that I’ve experienced for body, mind, and soul.
Today I asked my rose quartz if they had a special message to impart.
” They help in reaching a state of calmness and help in connecting us to the heart center” Rose Quartz
I can affirm this to be true.
When I wear rose quartz as jewelry, I’ve noticed that my connection with others is more intimate, and heart centered.
Learning to meditate
is not easy at first, and it takes years of practice. Every time you sit, you will have a different experience.
Once learned and established as a way of life, it will change you in miraculous ways.
Running, gardening, knitting, painting are meditative practices, and will raise your vibration, but cannot be compared to having the lasting and profound effects of a sitting meditation practice.
Rumi ~~~~ Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
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