Meditation

In my Yin Yoga class today, the teacher read a passage from Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist. The words inspired me and I left the class with these thoughts. Maybe you could use them, too. I’m really loving my yoga class.

******************

Stay with your breath
Come back if you lose it
In the space between
Listen for the pulse of your heart
and be open to its wisdom

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering
is worse than the suffering itself.
And that no heart has ever suffered when
it goes in search of its dreams….”

Let your breath be a guide
Your senses a map
Let your heart soften and
absorb the sounds around you

Like individual grains of sand
We are separate
Let the earth take your weight
Together, we are one, all the same

15892229144_f5a3c9b383

You don’t have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.

Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

photo credit: Baker Beach – San Francisco via photopin (license)

Advertisements

58 thoughts on “Meditation

  1. “The fear of suffering is worse
    than the suffering itself”—I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but it serves as a reminder that we spend too much time with fear in our minds and hearts.

    Nice words. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re right, that’s not always true about suffering, but like you said, fear can take over. These words actually may be verbatim, but I’m not sure I have them right. I may put them in quotes or perhaps rephrase them. We’ll see. Thanks for your comments, Carrie.

      Like

      1. No worries, Carrie! It’s kind of a combination of the teacher’s words, my thoughts and then the bit of text. It’s all mashed together, so I’m not sure it qualifies as a poem, but that works for me. 🙂

        Like

  2. Beautiful, Amy. Thank you so much for sharing that! Love the photo as well – so calming. I listened to the audio version of that book last year with my mom when she was undergoing chemo treatments for lymphoma. It was narrated by Jeremy Irons. Loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aww, thanks, Kelly! I’ve only heard a passage from the story, but now I definitely want to read it. I imagine that was a fitting book for your mom based on what I know about it, and narrated by Jeremy Irons. I’d like to hear that one!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. The Alchemist is one of my very favourite books, Amy. I saw a documentary on Paulo Coelho’s life and it was amazing. He was abused by his fellow countrymen for years over his writing being too childlike and it wasn’t until he was older that he was finally accepted. He was also committed to a mental institution by his parents for wanting to be a writer. He was arrested as a coercive and taken to be tortured, he pretended he was insane (which he could do well because he learned a lot from others in the mental institution) and was subsequently released before the torture took place. It’s an amazing story. Thank you for this great reminder of this great man today 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dianne, thanks so much for the information about Paulo Coelho. Wow, it sounds like he lead a fascinating, but troubled, life. I’d like to check out that documentary. I will be reading the book soon as well! I think that’s pretty cool that I picked one of your favorite books. See, that little bit that I heard had an impact on me. And, I know I missed a bunch with all my deep breathing. 🙂 You’re welcome!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Let me know what you think. I’m reading A Death in the Family by that Norwegian chap… it’s hopelessly boring but someone told me it’s a mind-blowing experience.

        Like

      2. I see it won the Pulitzer and it’s on the Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. (copied straight from Wikipedia!) I read the plot, however, and it seemed rather dreary. Oh, no! Why are all these incredible books so dreary and sad? Is that a requirement to get on one of those lists? I’ll let you know what I think of the book. 🙂

        Like

      3. Seriously? I’m two-thirds done and bored out my gourd, but refuse to stop. I don’t get this, Amy. I am just not entertained or enlightened in any way by this book… maybe the point lurks in the last third? I dunno. I’ll let you know.

        Like

  4. Ummm …

    Yeah …

    Zen Yoga … I soooo wish …

    I read The Alchemist a couple of years ago. Bought it for one of my kids — they both read it — then I read it. I wasn’t so impressed with it and I don’t know why. But a month or so ago I picked up one of Coelho’s other books … Adultery … and ever since I read that book I’ve wanted to blog about it, but I don’t know how to.

    Your post here is a reminder to me that I have to add to my list of things I need to focus on … breathing, quiet, meditation.

    Ummm …

    Yeah …

    I sooooooooo wish…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. What do you wish exactly? Hmm…for zen yoga? You can do that. I’ve tried meditation before and have not been very successful with it. This zen yoga is the ticket for me. Somehow combining stretching with the breathing has worked for me. I feel really relaxed when I’m done and I find when I do experience stressful situations, my body somehow knowingly kicks into this deep breathing. It ‘s triggered. I feel like its been very useful for my day-to-day living and for more strenuous exercise. The breathing makes such a difference! As for the Adultery book…I’d really like to hear about that one. Please blog about it if you can. 🙂

      Like

      1. Just a question of time for me. The best yoga I’ve experienced is similar to what you describe. I just don’t have enough time to do all of these things and after trying a weekly yoga session for a month or two, I stopped going because there are all of those other things.

        As for the book … it’s on my list of things to blog about. Just need to get to it. 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I hope you can find time for a yoga class if it was a good thing for you. I know it’s not for everyone. As for time, that’s always tricky! I guess that’s the nice thing about running. You can do it anywhere!
        I look forward to it. 😉

        Like

    1. I like “let the earth take your weight” too. That’s from my wise teacher. 🙂 See now if I write all this stuff down hopefully I’ll remember it! Thanks for reading, Jen.

      Like

    1. Oh, very nice! You’re most welcome, Audra. Glad I could provide a meditative moment. I’m going to try to have one of those every day. I plan on reading The Alchemist. Sounds like a good one.

      Like

  5. Amy, I practiced yoga regularly for 18 years… I stopped nearly 3 years ago. This fall I’m going back. It’s high on my list, of things I NEED to do. I think about it nearly every day, and have for the 3 years (or 2? I can’t remember… just the icky feeling of not being there) I’ve been out. That and the Alchemist… great stuff! Great writing!

    Like

    1. PS) LOVE, love, love the mermaid! I collect them… carefully, not kitchy. I made one like the one in your header, years ago on the beach where I lived. The idea that the waves would claim her was both sad and wonderful. Did you make this one? It’s beautiful!

      Like

    2. Dawn, I hope you can return to it. Wow, you practiced for a long time. This zen yoga is a little from other yoga I’ve done in the past. It’s mostly stretching, some intense and some gentle. And, breathing. It’s been really great for me. I know that icky feeling when you haven’t been in a while. I totally get that. I miss dance in that way. It’s hard to get back, but I want to do that, too. Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I really miss the breathing so much. I love the various breath work practices… and Yin yoga is wonderful for holding poses. I really miss it all and I’m set on returning, as soon as I get Little Man off to college. 😉

        Like

Take it away.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s