Unfortunately, a big chunk of my life has been spent following orders, or doing what was expected. Once I entered the institutions of learning, I towed the line. Attended classes, completed homework, took the tests. Year after year. After all
Starting at the bottom of my journey map, in the middle is the column titled SELF and the biggest box is called 'SLEEP / REST'. We all know how much better we feel when we have a great sleep and how terrible it feels when we don't. Even if you are a star sleeper, you have probably had life circumstances which have thrown you for a loop. Things like having a baby in the house or long haul travel over many time zones. Those were my 2 big call to action problems. It was a shock to my system, to all of a sudden be sleeping so poorly in those circumstances.
When I told people I was effectively dropping out of the career I took 25 years to build, there was a wide range of responses. I was well-respected and had accomplished many things. On the outside, I seemed to be
A couple of years ago, one of my New Years resolutions was to start meditating. Even back then, everyone seemed to be talking about the amazingly restorative powers of meditation. But how was I going to accomplish this? The first quarter is a very heavy travel season for me at work. Almost immediately after the Christmas holidays end, I am off on my first long haul flight of the year. I found a resource through the Tim Ferris podcast. Her name is Tara Brach. I love the timber of her voice. I was calmed by her guided meditation and felt good when I was finished. I could easily commit to a 20 minute session from my hotel room. That is the only upside of travelling alone. No extra responsibilities. Early on in my practice, one of Tara's meditations used the following passage from Rumi. I liked this so much, I wrote it out from the podcast audio. (I didn't realize I could just google a few of the lines and have the poem instantly).
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. - Rumi, Sufi poet