Anybody ever get angrier while meditating? Feel blocked and get mad because you feel you ‘should’ be meditating?
It’s happened to me, so I came up with a word for it- maditation.
Maditation, noun [ˈmadəˈtāSH(ə)n)]. the result of feeling angry or blocked because you feel like you should be meditating. When meditating just pisses you off more.
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Sometimes one word and how it’s used can bring about momentous change. Take the word ‘work’. We toss that word around a lot. We have to work to make money. We have to work to be better people. We have to work on our taxes, our vacation plans, our health, our relationships, ourselves – it’s exhausting!
Like most people, I have used the word work with marriage. Marriage is work. It’s a vastly agreed-upon idea in our culture. But does it ‘work’ to think that way? During an appointment I had awhile back intuition came to the rescue and transformed this idea for my client and for me.
She was tuning into her intuition by using the question, “what is the best way to work on my marriage right now? ” but kept feeling blocked. So we both tuned inward and asked the question, “what is a wise way to think about this situation? ” My client found herself thinking of the way she cares for her pets and garden. I had the words (leaves you baby if you don’t care for it) from a more than 20-year-old song by U2 pop into my brain. Both of us came up with the word ‘care’ as the general theme. ‘Care for’ marriage as opposed to ‘work on’ marriage. Epiphany! We changed the question to, “what is the best way to care for my marriage right now?” and it opened the way for her heart to speak.
Everyday I curl up in my favorite chair with a mug of tea to do sessions over the phone. Warm tea has a soothing effect on me which translates to my work. I love the comfort of an ordinary ritual to open my intuitive self. The warmth in my hands, the herbal-spicy flavors and scent help me wake up and listen with all of my senses. I’m also very particular about the beauty and feel of the mugs I use. My favorite was given to me by my friend Maureen made by artist Wendy Olson. Brightly colored, it depicts a woman looking and listening, intently attuned to the bees around her.
This morning I read from my Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnet tag: When we practice listening we become intuitive. Aaaahhh yes, that simple reminder helped me sink even deeper into myself, relishing all the ways I might listen a bit more.