This week I have the privilege of sharing a blog of a fellow MKMMA member, Marsha.
Haanel and Og write of the importance of persistence and practice. Marsha’s thoughts take us through her challenges and the art of unraveling a story back to page one to get things done.
Last week I had planned to tell you about my sits for week 9, but somehow got sidetracked on my other related exploits of the week. Haanel suggested we visualize our favorite plant from its seed to bloom. This sounded like something that might have a better outcome for me than some of my other sit attempts.
My favorite flower is the Stargazer Lily; not only is it beautiful, but also it has one of the loveliest and most distinctive floral scents. To help my visualization, I searched for a time lapse video of this lily. My search was successful, so I now had this picture in my mind. Since I had no idea what a “seed” for this lily looked like, this became the subject of my next search. I found a great little video on You Tube that showed the lily bulbs and how they should be planted. Okay! Now I was armed for my floral visualization.
First I saw the the lilies before they bloomed. I was a little too far along in the process. I erased that thought and moved to the pot I had seen in the video. I’ve placed three bulbs in the pot as they had shown in the video. Good! On goes the soil so there’s plenty of space for the bulbs to grow. Here’s where I faltered a bit.
My bulbs were stuck in the pot. I was mentally trying to force them to grow—most likely my first mistake. I somehow was unable to relax enough to let the vision flow. I could feel the work in my body as my mind was attempting to grow the bulbs through the soil and out of the pot. My fingers were starting to shake and I could feel the tension in my thighs. What?? Yes, what happened to my nice, easy, relaxing visualization of my growing favorite beautiful flowers? Well, they sure didn’t grow during that sit session!
Now, here we are in week 10 with an even more challenging sit assignment and I wasn’t able to get through the assignment for week 9. I know that control over my physical self and mental self is key to communicating with subby. I decided to go back to week 1 and start over. Why not? My sit sessions have not been particularly successful, and definitely not as successful as I would like them to be. I think my decision is a good one—back to square one and find out where I need to focus. Perform an exercise each day, be sure I’ve mastered it, then move forward.
Week 1 (Monday): let your thoughts roam where they will but be perfectly still . . . continue until you secure full control of your physical being. Check.
Week 2 (Tuesday): be perfectly still but inhibit all thought . . . continue until you gain complete mastery. Check.
Week 3 (Wednesday): be perfectly still, inhibit all thought as far as possible, but relax, let go, let the muscles take their normal condition. Check.
Week 4 (Thursday): completely remove all tension by relaxing, then mentally let go of all adverse conditions. Check.
Week 5 (Friday): get into position and mentally select a place that has pleasant associations. Make a complete mental picture of it, see the buildings, the grounds, the trees, friends, associations, everything complete. Uh oh. A complete mental picture, all of those details—not so much.
Week 5. Really? How did I miss that?
It matters not. At least I know where I need to focus. I know I’ll be able to catch up once I have mastered this assignment and can move forward to the next. As both Haanel and Og both say, persistence will win, but persistence requires practice.
I’m on it!