Clouds over the bay
Acrylic on archival canvas board
6 x 6 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
Our first week back in Toronto is always
a rough one. It's hard not to miss the Maritimes,
and even the drive from Pugwash to Toronto
through Fredericton, Quebec City and Montreal.
Canada you are beautiful, and if you've never
been here, this is a drive that will dazzle you.
A few months ago a friend I met through
FaceBook asked for someone to write her
each day saying that they had meditated.
I agreed without thinking -- my motive
being to "help out with a project." Ha!
I committed to 5 minutes a day, for one
month. We reported faithfully to one
another daily for 3 months. The result is
that I am doing guided meditations from the
Internet for between 15 and 25 minutes a
The formal reporting is over, but during the
process I have gained a wonderful friendship,
and a habit that is changing my life.
Here's the list of benefits of meditating I
sent to her.
1. I can now relax with greater ease, much more
quickly than I could before.
2. I've always believed in the power of the
mind, but I've been blown away by the power
of the breath to calm the body and the mind.
3. I care about being positive, but meditation has
helped me tap into the well of positive
thought I have inside me, and to stay in the positive,
even when circumstances or people are hard.
4. I've learned the importance of daily dedication
to my own peace of mind.
5. I've re-affirmed the importance of a concerned
and encouraging friend when starting a new activity.
My friend's interest, suggestions, and dedication,
and strength of purpose have meant the world to me.
6. I've been so impressed with how a small amount
of time -- anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes can
change the tenor of a day, increase my energy.
7. I've connected with the infinite possibilities available,
when I do want to meditate. Understanding that I could
never explore all of the wonderful guided meditations,
audio meditations and meditation scripts available through
the internet has given me a clear and impressive
example of the bounty of the universe.
8. Words have always mattered to me. I have
written guided visualization scripts, and shared
them with groups of people, but I am hyperconscious
of the destructive nature of negative words right now.
That doesn't mean I don't think and speak negatively,
it means that I instantly recognize that I want to stop
when I do now. Plus I can move away from other
people's negative words more easily now -- just
deciding that that's their issue, not mine.
9. I am lighter in spirit, even more connected to
the beauty of the planet, than ever before.
10. I have always been a happy person, but I am
easily 1,000 times happier than ever before.
So thank you so much.
Maybe your life is idyllic and you don't need
meditation. But I think it's good for artists to be
able to unwind. Our job involves the potential
for over the moon excitement, coupled with
stage fright and anxiety. I am endlessly
grateful to my friend for inspiring me to take
this on, and make it part of my day.
Have a thanking-a-friend-day.