"Ode" to Meditation

Oh Meditation. You scoundrel. You trickster. How You tease and play with my mind. The unending trail of words and workday "busyness" clouding up my brain. Hopping to and fro and here and there with the occasional "croak" - like a toad in the muddy, dense, oppressive bog.

Occasionally a clearing, like sunrise over Hawai'i, appears and I feel the Godly, otherworldly presence of bliss. And a thunderclap of inspiration jolts me right to my very core. (Good thing I have a notebook nearby to press my pen into.)

But, usually You are still a practice to silence this overstimulated brain of mine. After over 20 years of "study and trying" You are still a practice. Quiet does come to me occasionally when I teach You, but it is still a practice.

It's good I have more time; to sit, to try, to experience the opening of the curtain for a brief moment, or 2, or 3... There is no right way - or wrong way - for this experience. As it is, inevitably, an experience.
Beautiful just as it is.
Admirable just as it is.
Being, just as I am.


I wouldn't really categorize this as an ode, but it sort of is.... Enjoy.

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tiki freak, digs jazz, double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


It happens...

Some people just don't want to feel better.

This is something I have been coming to terms with as a professional bodyworker, and also, in my personal life.

There are many reasons for this, but I believe the biggest is that change will happen, not only in the physical/tangible sense if its applicable, but also in our minds.

We are all comfortable with our patterns. As humans, we like to stay in our comfort zones - it's comfortable - and we all like to be comfortable, secure, and play it safe. In all situations in our lives.
Sometimes these comfort zones become stories or habits that keep us in a state of being that no longer is working for us.

We are all attached to our stories. (I include myself here, no kidding.)

What's good to remember is that this story is not a part of who you actually are. Yep, it's just a story our mind has attached to. This is where you ask if the change is not occurring because it has become a story/excuse/reason for you not to participate in your life fully.

Yes, by letting the story or excuse or reason go, there may still be discomfort of some sort, but by embracing a new pattern that is happening (aka: change), you open the door for more growth and opportunity around you.

( Think of change like putting on a new pair of jeans - a bit stiff at first, then a good fit! )

When people don't want to do something that benefits them, it is important to remember that we cannot force another to improve their life, no matter how much we try, or what reasons we give them. That comes off as being pushy and annoying. (Remember being a teenager. when everyone was telling you what to do and how to do it? Yep - I do)

Change happens when someone is ready for change. As some would say "when they're ripe!"

Instead, let's just see it for what it is and love them anyway. It is their choice after all. But that doesn't mean we have to like it.

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday inspirations for health and wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a tiki freak, loves nature and double dipping her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.