Jingle Ball, Jingle Ball, Jingle Ball Rock! 🎄 🎸 🎶 Featuring Hilary Duff, Simple Plan, Switchfoot, Bowling for Soup, Vanessa Carlton and Christina Milian 🎶
It was the morning of my birthday and my parents got me a new alarm clock. I remember being disappointed that they didn’t get me Jingle Ball tickets. When I got home from school, my mom - @tracyjodesigns - showed me the tickets and I was so excited. I also remember that someone one section over from us won a signed surfboard from Switchfoot.
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This is the background everyone thinks about when speaking of the Wild West. The Monument Valley featured in so many Western that it is probably the 'Face' of that Genre. Starting with the John Wayne classics, continuing with probably the all time best Western "Once upon a time in the West" to modern "A Million Ways to Die in the West" this Landmark features in so many movies. And standing there, admiring the view, you clearly see why they chose this place for their movies.
This is my favorite metaphor for why we need meditation.
Your brain is like an untrained puppy. Without training in how to follow your directions, it bounces around all over the place! It’s kind of annoying, and sometimes distructive!
When you need it to settle, it might not listen.
When you need it to go in a certain direction, it might bound off elsewhere!
There’s a saying in the mediation world-
“Control your mind or it will control you.” Meditation is about teaching your mind to be in the present, to pay attention, in a particular way, non-judgmentally.
A mind that has meditated is one that is more calm, more direct-able, more able to make choices and respond instead of reacting.
When you own a well trained puppy- he’s a delight. He can go more places, is more pleasant to live with, he’s more useful.
So is a well trained mind.
Just like puppy training, mind training takes practice, patience and time.
Start small- maybe 5 minutes a day.
Maybe you build to 10.
Maybe you take a class, or got to a practice session with others.
Over time, your mind settles, becomes calmer, and more responsive to you.
December weekends can be crazy busy.
In good ways and bad ways.
I don’t know about you, but I could use a little break.
I’m ready for some Sunday solace, but that’s not going to happen.
Today won’t be any less busy for me.
But I’ve learned that taking 5 minutes to meditate can make things feels a whole lot less crazy.
So today, let’s do some breathing practice.
5 minutes. That’s all. You can find that.
Set a timer (I love @insighttimer), find a quiet, comfortable position and place.
Close your eyes,
And just breathe.
In and out.
Notice the feel of the breath going in and coming out.
Where do you feel it most-
At your nostrils?
In the rise and fall of your chest?
In your belly?
If you mind wanders-
(which it WILL)
Kindly and firmly bring it back to your breath.
Mind, come back to the breath.
Notice our breath.
Your calm is waiting.