Friday, December 18, 2009

IF: Undone

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the theme word "undone", is how so many people just spaz out of their gourds around this time of year. This could be due to a number of things. One, the change of season as it gets colder and drearier outside. Two, lack of sunshine. And three, the madness of the holidays and all of their demands. Perhaps they are missing someone with whom they shared special holiday memories with, so that would make four. Five, being affected by job layoffs. And the list goes on. Occasionally, "said" person might come undone and throw a temper tantrum and act like a two year old. Hey, it happens to the best of us! We are only human after all. So here's my remedy for this, if you care to know. . . take a time out.

Our minds can really get out of control, and the best way to handle this is to stop yourself before the problem escalates, take a step back and take a good look at yourself at how ridiculous you are acting. . . go sit in a comfortable chair in the corner and think about what you have done. Then breathe.

This isn't a yoga exercise, so don't get caught up in sitting in the Vajra posture as illustrated above, unless it is comfortable and easy for you to do. And don't get caught up in props such as candles or anything of the like. This is a simple breathing meditation.  Find a quiet space. Sit up straight comfortable in a chair, hands cupped on your lap, right hand overlapping your left and thumbs pressed together. Get comfortable and RELAX head to toe and then forget about if you are doing this right. Focus on your breathing. For about 20 rounds or so, imagine breathing in white purifying light, and exhaling all of your negative thoughts in the form of black smoke. Then just keep your mind still, thinking about nothing for about 15 or 20 minutes.

It's not easy, but the more you subdue your thoughts, particularly delusional thoughts, the more relaxed, recharged and refreshed and clear headed you will feel after.  This practice has certainly gotten me through some tough times.  As the Holiday Season draws near, I hope you all are able to relax and enjoy the festivities and wonderment of it all.


ArtSnark said...

Great interpretation! Very timely advice too

Vhrsti said...

Simply and wonderful take on this theme, Cynthia!

Krista said...

Beautiful, peaceful illustration!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Cynthia!!!! I love your clever take on the theme this week!!! you are always so wonderful and kind and your friendship is a wonderful gift!!!


Cynthia DiBlasi said...

Thank you all. :) And likewise Diana, you are such a sweetheart and a dear friend!

psychopooch said...

Very nice and serene. Just what I need this time of year :)