“Calm the winds of your thoughts, and there will be no waves on the ocean of your mind.”
“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet, it is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.”
“Empty your mind of everything – let the mind become still.”
I create personalized “mindfulness” or “grounding” cards. On different coloured index cards, I print out a quote; a saying; a thought gleaned from elsewhere, or sometimes from somewhere inside me.
I carry two with me . . . always.
The first is a grounding exercise to use when I have a panxiety attack, feel like I’m drifting too far from shore, or to help be mindful of my surroundings by using all my senses. *
“Calm as a koi pond.”
* Borrowed from the “web of thoughts.” Can be modified to suit a person’s abilities and needs; I took the whole.
Look around you and find:
FIVE things you can SEE
FOUR things you can TOUCH
THREE things you can HEAR
TWO things you can SMELL
ONE thing you can TASTE
And, Wendy (who is taking a break from Mindfulness Monday today) gave me a wonderful set of 65 Power Thought Cards, beautifully written and richly, colorfully, and playfully illustrated by Louise Hay.
On one side is a saying; the reverse is a longer meditation on that specific thought/phrase/concept.
I carry around two:
“I am willing to change.”
“I express my creativity.”
Thanks to Wendy, (and Mindfulness Mondays), I am “working” on both!
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