I'm about to go and sit down cross legged on the floor for 10-15 minutes with my eyes shut. I am looking forward to it. I haven't had a chance to do it much over the past few days because I had a house guest and then was out all day yesterday helping on a school trip.
My hairdresser told me her mum has been meditating for years and years and every now and then will just say to her 'if you'll just excuse me for a minute darling I'm just going to take a moment' and she'll then sit there with her eyes closed looking all calm and serene.
I loved this! It made me laugh and feel so happy for some reason.
Then last night a girlfriend who I don't see often was telling me she has just done a mindfulness class (I'm now realising how massive this is, a growing phenomenon in the world and I am so not alone in what I am learning how to do).
Anyway my friend was saying that they were taught that identifying and labelling their thoughts was a big step in diminishing their power. I hope I've got this right.
It made sense to me because when I am in a 'down' phase I am always caught in a thinking 'loop' about something.. i.e. picking over and over it in my brain so that it is hard for me to feel happy and calm. Now I can recognise what the thoughts are, and which part of me they are coming from (e.g. that is my 'judgemental sober person' talking or that is my 'incessant worrier' talking), and then you tell that person inside you that they have been heard, thank you very much for your input, and now you can move away.
Another friend said she heard it's like we're a bus and different emotions take turns driving the bus. And sometimes you have to take the wheel off different emotions. Or different parts of you.
IE if someone else's drinking was worrying me I have to hear the 'judgemental sober person' inside me thinking about that for a while and then I have to tell that part of me to let go of the wheel, that they have been heard, thank you for your input now go to the back seat.
Does this make any sense whatsoever?
Does to me. Anyway. A sit down awaits me.....
Love, Mrs D xxx