Monday, March 7, 2011

Log Your Memory Monday

Log Your Memory Monday: Stream of Consciousness

Happy Monday, everyone! This week the challenge at Log Your Memory was to document the "stream of consciousness" running through your mind during a particular time period or event. I have been working hard on meditation as part of my healing process, so decided to document the struggle I'm having with random thoughts popping into my head. Here's what I came up with:
Showcase Fotoblendz Layered Templates No. 1 by Anna Aspnes
Poppy Paper Set Vol. 1 by Deena Rutter
Fonts are Caslon and Inked God

Here's the journaling if you're interested:
Part of my healing process involves spiritual healing and growth which I am working on by doing a spiritual exercise, or meditation, on a daily basis. This is really difficult for me, and I’m hoping I get better at it as time goes on. Right now, the process generally goes like this: I read a passage from a spiritual or thought-provoking book, set my iPhone alarm for 20 minutes, close my eyes, take some deep breaths, and begin. I sing the word “HU,” an ancient name for God. Then a bunch of random thoughts try to crowd into my brain and distract from the spiritual work it’s trying to do. On this particular day, the following thoughts jumped in there: scrapbooking- particularly this layout and my CT requirements for February, getting the ice off the car to be able to run errands, wondering when my hair will start to grow back, kids who haven’t RSVP’d to Laura’s birthday party, my next appointment with the oncologist, the laundry, the snow plow that I could hear the whole time, and the nanny for the summer. I was contemplating on the phrase, “When love is on the field, fear must retreat,” and I kept coming back to it. But the daily life stuff kept intruding. I want to learn to clear my mind, to allow spirit to do its work. I hope with more practice, I will get better at it.
I really enjoy looking at layouts in this artistic style by others, but I struggled with this one for myself. I'll keep working on it because I really like this style.

Have you every tried meditation? How do you keep your mind from wandering?


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