Blind meditation – great name for a band!

Good news!  My eyesight hardly deteriorated at all over the last year.  Most of the issues I’d been noticing (eyelashes aside) seem to have been due to a not-so-great fitting left contact lens.  So, you know, yay for not going blind as quickly as I thought.

I bet you’re wondering what song is stuck in my head tonight.  I knew you were.  It’s Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”.  Great song.  Not so good for winding down, though, or meditating.  Not that I’m meditating.  But maybe I should try it.  Might like it.  I only ever think about it at night, in bed, and when I try it (without reading anything about it – I just go for the whole breathe-deep-and-empty-your-mind thing, not that I’m ever successful with the empty mind thing, but I think it’s close enough if I concentrate on one thing instead of twenty), I fall asleep.  If the point is to relax, I guess it works.

Meditation and yoga.  There.  Two things I’d like to try.  Someday.


  1. That was Zen - This is Tao

    Meditation is cool – really helps wind you down after a long day. Deep breathing, relaxing one body part at a time, trying to imagine a large clock counting down from 10 in your mind. Or go the zen route, and stare intently at a coin or something and focus every ounce of attention on it till everything else melts away.

    Yoga is great too – especially with strawberries.

  2. Zannah

    Your description of the zen route sounds like it would make me go cross-eyed.

    Mom, we did talk about Eat Pray Love. But we can talk about it again if you don’t remember. 🙂

  3. The mindfulness stuff I do doesn’t force you to keep your mind clear (because that’s damned near impossible) – just to TRY to focus, and let the thoughts go when you realize they’re there, rather than following them further. I know there are a few amusing quotes I’ve heard related to that, but I can’t seem to find them at the moment. I did, however, find these actual instructions, which pretty much sums it up.

    1. Do one thing at a time.
    2. Pay full attention to what you are doing.
    3. When your mind wanders to something else, bring it back.
    4. Repeat step number three a few hundred thousand times.
    5. And, when your mind keeps wandering to the same thing over and over, stop for a minute and pay attention to the “distraction”: maybe it is trying to tell you something.

  4. Zannah

    That’s actually helpful. It makes it sound like something anyone can do, which is the point, I’m sure. I like it. I’ll try it.

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