C’mon, Inner Peace…

+ C'mon, Inner Peace Blog Jan 14 9457717_sIt was the Christmas countdown…two days to the holiday, but I could tell I needed three in order to be ready. With so much to do, I wanted to be as grounded as possible. I wanted to be sure to meditate that day – a practice I’d skipped a few times due to my busyness and some early morning commitments.

So, I put “meditate” on my to-do list.

I did my meditation and, later, laughed at the irony of crossing “meditate” off my list. I was reminded of a cartoon I’d seen that pictured a woman sitting in lotus position, eyes closed, with a thought bubble over her head saying, “C’mon, inner peace. I don’t have all day.”

Though I might have been inwardly tapping my foot a little that morning, those twenty minutes of sitting with my Self, with Spirit, was valuable. Any bit of mindfulness is. Although I’m cultivating experiencing mindfulness on a continuous basis, I’m not there yet (C’mon, continuous mindfulness!). But I have a true appreciation for the little bits, the little glimpses of mindfulness, that are the starting points for this practice.

I was reminded of the power of something little having a big impact during a recent acupuncture treatment. Proponents of acupuncture will tell you that the needles used in a treatment are about the size of a shaft of hair. You know what? They really are just about that small. They’re so fine and narrow they actually bend.

And, yet, what a power they have!

When my acupuncturist, Dr. Liu, gently taps a needle into my skin, the energy immediately starts to move and I feel a slight tingling radiating from the point. He adds a few more needles here and there, and soon my body is humming – opening, releasing, reordering its energetic flow. It’s really quite amazing how something so tiny can do so much, how the accumulated effect of a few needles helps me with my health issues and keeps me well.

So, that day right before Christmas, as I contemplated cultivating a mindful attitude of inner peace amidst the many tasks and activities of the forthcoming day, I thought of Dr. Liu’s needles. It occurred to me to imagine gently tapping little acupuncture needle-sized slivers of mindfulness – calm, peace, ease – into my consciousness as I went through my busy day. I didn’t ask myself to take twenty minutes of meditation here and there (though Martha Beck, spiritual life coach, suggests that the more we slow ourselves down, the more quickly and efficiently we work – and I believe that!).

That day, I just brought in the consciousness in little bits, and it helped.

One time, as I left the acupuncture office, I noticed the covered safety bin into which all the needles are placed after treatments. The bins aren’t all that big – they’re about the size of a wastebasket, and I know that each individual needle is nearly weightless. But, Dr. Liu told me that when the bin is full of needles it is very heavy. The accumulation of these tiny, energy-inducing needles, adds up to quite a lot.

So does the accumulation of moments of consciousness. One sliver of ease, one conscious breath, one moment’s pause. Put a lot of them together and “C’mon inner peace!” It’s right here, in this tiny moment.

Comments

  1. What a great thought, Janet– that little tiny bits of meditation/ compassion/ centering throughout the day– can make a difference. I think I just felt this very thing during my middle school choir classes today, where I took moments to really empathize with disengaged students rather than get annoyed. Instead of feeling exhausted after class, I felt energized. Then I read your muse… How appropriate– thank you!

  2. Isabel Leonard says:

    You remind me of the time I got a speeding ticket on my way to a meditation retreat.

  3. Well now. and Now … and Now … and
    Very nice, Janet. This mode is pleasant and easy. Thanks for the little slivers. I like ’em.

  4. Luci Adams says:

    Thanks, Janet. Just what I needed as I work/play to bring acceptance, compassion, joy, love and understanding into my life on my winter’s journey.

  5. David Webster says:

    Thank you, Janet. Your calming words help me remember to to escape my “list” mentality and my typical approach to a day, tasks, and forgetfulness. Let’s always remember and take the time and attitude to appreciate the small, important things in life, before the end of the day.

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