5-Minute-Meditation: Bloom

By Tracey Craigon

We are here to add what we can to life, 

not to get what we want from it. (William Osler)

“Bloom where you’re planted.” This phrase has poked its head out at me several times lately. In fact, I came across this phrase yesterday when I was looking through a friend’s photos. There was a picture of a flower growing up alongside a concrete wall, out of a crack in the road. I like the message that this phrase carries for me—be content with what I have been given; to make the most of my gifts, talents, abilities, to tend to my environment and flourish there, wherever the “there” is that I may find myself in the moment … to be at peace with who and where I am and trust that my needs will be met so that I will not only survive but thrive.

Sometimes this isn’t an easy message to accept. Sometimes I find myself wanting to be anywhere but where I am. Sometimes I find myself wishing for more (or less) of something or someone, including myself. Sometimes I wonder if I’m growing or if I’ve been planted at all!

I’ve realized that the “where you are planted” can be more than one place. Blooming implies having roots, some kind of attachment to a foundation, some kind of source that keeps me fed and alive and growing, opening up to new life and giving of my unique self. Blooming requires an awareness of the season … God’s grace and wisdom to let it shape me into what I am intended to be.

I relax and accept that I have a purpose

right here, where I am.

 

© Tracey Craigon 2016

Bloom was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography –Tracey Craigon

Tracey has had a knack for writing since childhood. Her love of the craft has led to explorations in poetry, journalling, song writing, blogging, calligraphy, and fiction. She is considering writing a book about some of her faith experiences. Presently, Tracey lives in Winnipeg and teaches ESL. She recently certified as a Personal Trainer and helps others enjoy the benefits of fitness. Tracey’s other interests include prayer, language, singing, cooking, HIIT workouts, and dance.

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5-Minute-Meditation: Ponder

By Jeremy Jordan Schick

A thought to ponder: “If I couldn’t use words to speak, what would my life be saying?” 

(Evinda Lepins)

I am aware of the snow as it slowly starts

melting as Spring brightens our days.

I am aware of all the love and

care that is in this air.

I am aware that people in this world

might not be as they seem.

I am aware that life has its ups and downs but

it is nothing we can’t get through together.

I am aware of all the beautiful, vibrant things

life has to offer as we grow old.

I am aware of the brothers and sisters

that help us along the way.

I am aware of the puddles we walk through

to get where we are today.

Today I walk with wonder and awareness,

every step of my way.

© Jeremy Jordan Schick 2016

Ponder was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Jeremy Jordan Schick

Jeremy is a full time student trying to finish his last year of high school. He loves music, art, politics, and exercise. He has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada his whole life and thinks it’s an amazing place to live. Jeremy is a drummer who likes to play mostly metal because it challenges him. Jeremy is going to become a father for the first time on April 17, 2016. He is very excited to start this new chapter of his life.

5 Steps to Ending Judgment

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When we have the intention of becoming mindful, the attitude we bring into it is an essential ingredient. We can’t just have the idea that mindfulness is healthy somehow and sit down to do it, following a set of instructions, thinking it won’t work but expecting it to anyway. Spoiler alert: It won’t work. Our state of mind matters. Attitude determines whether anything we set out to do will be successful or not. One might argue that a person’s state of mind is, in itself success or failure.

In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn outlines the 7 Attitudes of Mindfulness. These are Non-Judging, Patience, Beginner’s Mind, Trust, Non-Striving, Acceptance, and Letting Go. These 7 Attitudes are guidelines intended to reduce stress, increase joy, and support positive self-improvement. We have explored several of these on this blog previously, but today I would like to focus specifically on Non-Judging.

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5-Minute-Meditation: Anticipate

By Margaret Harms

To me, every hour of the day and night is an 

unspeakably perfect miracle. (Walt Whitman)

Today I anticipate Spring. Although it is mid April, there is still snow everywhere, but I anticipate a change. I anticipate warmer days, refreshing rains, and digging my bare toes into lush green grass. I anticipate the sounds of Spring, the melodious songs of returning birds, croaking frogs, and honking geese as they fly overhead in their V-shaped formation.

I anticipate the delight of children everywhere as they race to pick the bright yellow blossoms of the infamous dandelion along roadsides, in ditches, and ymes, growing prolifically on our lawns. How well I remember the joy with which my students presented me with bountiful bouquets of dandelions gathered from the schoolyard. By the end of the school day the flowers were closed and wilted but the love in the offering remained in my heart.

I anticipate the planting of my vegetable and flower garden. It’s as if I can feel the rich soil run through my fingers even now. I anticipate the roar and hum of trucks, tractors, and other farm machinery as farmers prepare for spring seeding. (MH)

I anticipate the joy of a new season and so with the promise of renewed life, I wait.

© Margaret Harms 2016

Anticipate was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Margaret Harms

Margaret Harms is a retired teacher. After retirement she has travelled to Burkina Faso, Africa, completed a Life Writing course at CMU, and has taken up painting. Margaret writes poetry, memories of her childhood, and stories of her family and her teaching experiences. Her passion is reading. Margaret and her husband live on a small acreage near Lowe Farm, Manitoba, Canada, where they enjoy gardening in summer. She lovingly tends her roses.

5-Minute-Meditation: Care

By Fitsum Getahun

Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body. (Golda Poretsky)

I always told myself that I must be a dedicated mother, wife, sister, co-worker and so on. Yes, I am and I have been. I have plenty of witnesses in my family and friends, at work and everywhere I have been. The person I forgot about is me. I come last, no time to look after me. Go home, cook, clean, nurse, bath, cuddle, hug, eat, drink, and pass out when it is midnight. The next day, the course of life runs in the same manner.

Today, for the first time in many years, I started the day by thinking about me first. At 6 a.m. I warmed up, exercised with yoga, calmed myself down, prayed, and thanked God for his indescribable gifts. Then I showered. Everybody got up to find me with a big smile on my face and full of energy for the day. What a beautiful Spring morning. What a start of a beautiful day!

Taking the moment to look into my inner self and thanking God for all the free gifts; the sun, the air, and the loved ones around me makes all the difference to the rest of the day.

I take care of myself first thing in the morning and give thanks for all the free gifts, the sun, the air, and the loved ones around me.

© Fitsum Getahun 2016

Care was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography – Fitsum Getahun

Fitsum Getahun immigrated to Canada from her country, Ethiopia, in 2009. Fitsum’s passion for reading and journalling began at a young age, when she was in elementary school. As someone who has studied language, she believes in the enormous power of words and thinks that she best expresses her life experiences in writing. As a mother of two young children and a recent immigrant to Canada, Fitsum’s journals are the closest friends she confides with.