When you are lying in bed, as I have been for some weeks, you have a lot of time to think, but little or no concentration to think with! Hence it took a while for me to remember to use some of the skills that I teach in my seminars.
When you are plunging in and out of pain relief, or dealing with the marathon that is ‘having a shower’, it is hard to have the energy left for meditation exercises. Yet it is exactly those exercises that come to your aid when no other person or thing is available.
There is a natural anticlimax that occurs once the crisis has passed. During those dark moments it is easy to forget the resources that we have during better times. But it is easy to remind yourself if you take a few simple steps.
How many of us have been through a phase of sticking up little feel-good notices to ourselves around the house. My bathroom has several, also the mirror in the bedroom. They have been in the same position, saying the same things, for many months. They go largely unnoticed in normal times. However, the brain does ‘see’ them and absorbs the message over time.
So recently, when I have had more time than usual, I have wondered about each one. Then I tried softly meditating on the message and why it is important to me. So gentle was the influence of these messages that it took many days for it to become apparent that I have benefited from the internalising of the hidden meanings. Since I don’t think we should wear all of our heart’s thoughts in public, I will spare you the details. However, making an effort to surround yourself with good wise words really does pay off!
Take time to find some words that matter to you and put them up in places you can see them every day & leave them there for a while to absorb into your thinking. Who cares if visitors see them?! At least you are surrounded by good thoughts rather than rubbish, or a blank wall that is no help at all!