A grocery store meditation
My new thing is meditation… I am starting to use it for everything and I really mean everything. Today’s meditation was the second grocery store meditation I have done. The first one was done because I was feeling weak, tired and cranky and knew I was going to head into the store and it would be a junk food jambalaya in my cart. The first one worked so well that today I planned another. I found a parking space in the shade, which a man felt that I stole from him even though I had my blinker on and he was heading the wrong direction down the aisle, none-the-less it was mine and I did not feel guilty about taking the spot. Anyway, so I am sitting in the truck, in the shade, watching a man give me the evil eye as he passed by my car and I closed my eyes. I took five deep breaths, I sat with my thoughts and breath for about 2 minutes. Then I visualized myself going into the store, smiling and picking out wonderful healthy foods that my body wanted. When tempted, I would stop and really ask myself if I wanted that food in the pantry or not. I pictured myself putting food back or passing by entire sections of the store all with a big smile on my face. Then I proceeded to grocery shop.
For years I have struggled with the list of healthy foods I head into the store with vs. the smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls in the bakery or the aisle with potato chips that would magically appear in my cart. I am pleased to announce that today’s shopping trip was another success. It’s amazing what happens when I take the time to center myself before I head into an environment where I am trying to change my habits. It makes me feel so present and conscious of my decisions. So far it has made things feel almost effortless. Funny the things that I bought when I really connected with my body. Last week I really wanted carrots and red plums. Today it was cherries, limes and broccoli slaw. By the way I am currently enjoying a cherry and lime smoothie with purple kale, mint green tea and yogurt…yum… my body thanks me!
Once I got over the fact that meditation was not just for long haired men in Southwestern print hemp pants and Birkenstocks I decided to have a real go at it. I have meditated over the years. Honestly though, my old meditations consisted of me berating myself for not meditating right or long enough or not being able to clear out the incessant chatter. Which isn’t a very pleasurable experience, hence, why I have never really gotten into it.
My new journey is about mind, body and spirit. The incorporation of the meditation has been very nice. I am getting to the point after only an few weeks of consistently meditating that I can calm myself more quickly, I have more patience, I smile more, and am generally more relaxed. I have a nice flow about my days now instead of the stutter and stop of a chicken with it’s head cut off which was my old modus operandi.
The best thing that has happened is that I learned that meditation isn’t something only gurus do. Meditation is simply quieting the mind and when thoughts or feelings come up just let them pass and reconnect with your breath or sounds. I am doing mini-meds all through the day. I can say I am really enjoying it… now I just need to come up with a meditation that can help me with my tennis game!
P.S. I have updated my weight loss count down for a new 52 week burn down that I am doing… so the weight lost isn’t my total amount just my weight released since the start of my burn down. Thanks to my hubby for creating the actual chart! Smooches!