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Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.

“Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.”

Read this quote the other day and it has stuck with me.  You can interpret it on many levels … here are just  a few:

Be mindful, in the present moment … whatever you are doing focus on that  – for example, if you are walking, notice the feel of the ground under your feet, the breeze against your skin, the sounds and sights around you.  If you are eating, savour the food – the textures, tastes, colours … don’t also check messages on your phone and watch the TV.

It’s OK to take time getting to where you think you want to be … and perhaps that might change … i.e enjoy the journey.  Perhaps the journey is actually the whole purpose.

Whilst it can be good to have goals, be flexible in your approach .. notice the steps along the way and savour them.

I can also link it to yoga practice.  So often when I’m teaching I see people grasping to reach what they perceive as the perfect Triangle (Trikonasana) ….. rather than really feeling the openness in their chest as they reach for the sky with one hand whilst the other is perhaps still resting on a bent leg.  When I ask people to stand in Mountain pose (Tadasana) and ‘check in’ with themselves … i.e. really take note of how they feel physically, mentally, emotionally … so many find it difficult to be still …. to really tune in to what’s going on.

So, enjoy the colours of the rainbow .. be mindful … be really present … and savour the monent!

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Who am I?

Who am I?   A powerful meditation …. and one I’ve been contemplating on for some time.  Do I know the answer … really know the answer … no … somehow every time I get close to feeling ‘I’ve got it’, things change … and I guess that’s the essence of life … nothing is permanent … everything is transient.

And I guess some of the value of the meditation is looking beyond my ego’s definition of me … to really discover what lies beneath.  And right now, I don’t think I get to that depth of understanding.

I’ve been working with a quote that caught my eye recently “Being myself includes taking risks with myself, taking risks on new behaviour, trying new ways of ‘being myself, so that I can see who it is I want to be”.  I’ve had some fun and some revelations …. become so much more aware of the contradictions within myself … the different facets of my personality.  Learning about me ….. how I relate to others, what makes me tick.

Another powerful quote that somehow takes this a stage further … and in the right direction (for me) is “Always do your best.  What you plant now, you will harvest later”.  Whilst I don’t believe we should act predominantly out of self interest, the idea that ‘as you sow, so you will reap’ is sound.

Do we ever really work out who we are?  Are we a never changing being.  I think not, but spending time meditation on the questions can certainly bring both answers and more questions.

Often the meditation is turned around as ‘I am’ (So Ham) …. equally as powerful and often drops into Who am I

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