Day 11 – impatience

This graphic, sent to me by a friend just a few days ago, sums up today’s 15 minutes perfectly – I want my answers now, I want peace, light and understanding…now!!
Unreasonable, ridiculous and unpredictable – such is the state of this learner’s mind.
… thank goodness tomorrow is another day 🙂

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Day 9 & 10 – learning

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Day 9: Tired, again am quite tired. Will reschedule tomorrow’s mindfulness session for the morning… Well rested and ready for it all!

Day 10:
Morning is indeed a much better time for this. Am loving the learning experience and the travels within. The universe inside of me is like the most fascinating travel destination imaginable… Only I feel a bit late in discovering it. Am enjoying delving into the mind mazes, the visualization, the many layers and dimensions within me… am enjoying the process immensely.

Day 8 – resting

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Today is Sunday, therefore a fasting day.

I woke up and was immediately hungry. Didn’t know how I was going to keep to today’s fast… In fact what ended up happening was that I filled in the hunger spots with copious amounts of freshly pressed carrot-apple juice and a few hot cups of tomato soup broth. Add the teas and water and once again it was more of a liquid diet day than an authentic fast. I think it’s the quality and wonderfulness of being surrounded again by momma’s cooking… But boy am I ravanous! Adjusting to the Canadian cold surely plays its part as well.

My 15 minutes of mindfulness went well although I left it for too late in the day and so had to shake off the yawns quite often. Either way I’m starting to see these 15 minutes (which sometimes seems like a lot of time, sometimes like barely enough) as my sanity anchor, my return to self and calm and an opportunity to reconnect. I’m enjoying this whole process more and more 🙂

Day 1 (a fasting day)

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Here I am in the evening, hungry (lol), with tea in hand and ready to go to bed and wake up to an epic breakfast.

The fasting was alright today, although the cold, grey weather in Barcelona made it difficult to get any support and energy from the sun. Water with lemon in the morning, watered down coffee with bit of milk to warm up, big freshly-squeezed orange juice, handful of mandarines and a carrot-celery-ginger juice on the fly. Tons of herbal teas. More of a liquid diet than full-on fast, but I refuse to be hard on myself. I remind myself that I’m new to this and that it’s a process, and for the time being I find it difficult to be on water and herbal teas alone… The headaches and hunger pangs are tough.

Meditation was challenging. The mind wanders and gets distracted so easily. Sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to realise I’m thinking again about “that thing”…
But I will learn.
That’s what it’s all about after all 🙂

and it’s hardly a coincidence…

…that on the day before I begin my project, TED publishes this great talk by Andy Puddicombe on mindfulness, meditation and how important it is to understand the inner workings of the mind.

I couldn’t agree more, nor can I disregard the recurring reminders that I too need to introduce a consistent meditative practice into my life.  And since eating mindfully is also a priority, I intend to incorporate a one day per week fasting regimen too.

And so I commit, starting tomorrow, to a one year project which – I can safely predict – will change my life.

Tomorrow is a Sunday, and a fasting day.

In the meantime, enjoy this great video!