Monday, October 6, 2008

Being Mindful

This weekend, I did not once sit down and meditate. However, on Saturday, I went room to room, cleaning the house. And in every action, I was mindful. I was right there in the moment. I was present as I scrubbed the toilets, as I rinsed the sinks, as I hung laundry. It was a peaceful, fulfilling act. The act of cleaning.

I also went through the closet and donated all clothes that were good but not being worn anymore for whatever reason. I also threw away those that were overworn. I did yoga. I was at peace. There was a peace within and surrounding me.

Saturday night, however, I was tested. Drama started circulating through the house and arms came out to surround me and engulf me in it. However, my peace kept me from becoming engulfed in it. It shielded me and kept me calm. I was not able to diffuse the situation, because crazy-makers want their drama so bad. But I was not a part of it.

It was an amazing feeling. I have struggled with crazy-makers for most of my life. They are everywhere. And as a general rule in the past, their crazy-making has spread over to me, making me angry, hostile, helpless, and unhappy. I feel like something within has changed. I have a force field of peace.

And I know that I must work on this. This peace will not linger around me if I don't go through my day mindfully. And... now that I know the key, no problem.

I wish all of you peace. There will always be drama, and issues, but if we cope peacefully, then those around us will learn those skills as well.


Rowena said...

I don't remember the quote exactly or who said it, but someone said that Real peace isn't about being calm when the world is going smoothly, but about finding peace when all is madness.

SOunds like you are on your way.

Geoff Schutt said...

Robyn, I believe that just as a person can build up strength, one can also "build up" peace. Your internal self will protect you. (I also agree with what rowena says in her comment.)

On a separate note, it's good to see you posting so much lately, and the images that you're sharing are absolutely stunning.

-- Geoff & Eleanor

Robynsart said...

Rowena-- I think you are right. It's very easy to be peaceful sitting next to a stream with no interruptions. It is my goal to always be peaceful during turmoil. Today that is being tested at work. And I'm working on it... breathe in. breathe out.

Geoff-- Thanks for stopping by... I always enjoy your presence. I'm about to embark on a 100 day reality challenge and I'm trying to get into the habit now of posting quite frequently. Also, it helps greatly to keep centered if I post first thing in the morning.

The Mad Celt said...

"It's life that matters, nothing but life — the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all."

-Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

I wish you much success and peace on your "100 Day Challenge".

I've added you to my blog lists:
"The Mad Celt's Blog Lists"

Robynsart said...

Welcome Dale! Your presence and words of wisdom are always welcome here! Thank you for the add... I'm glad we met through our wonderful friend, Geoff!

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