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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Get Your Ohm On: Day One

I'll try just about anything once. Just about. Chicken feet dim sum - done that. Cockroach canapes? Uh, never. A willingness to try new things has its virtues, such as exposure to...new things. It also has its setbacks - "Master of None." Still, when a challenge filtered in my email to set aside ten minutes of my day for a week to meditate, I decided to take it up.

Perhaps Grace over at Mama Grace is about the only person to appreciate this act - after all, it was her post on meditation that first inspired me. Truth is, the first impression most people have of other people who meditate is "flake." In Western culture, when we need to find peace, we take drugs Mannnnn. Booze, weed, Valium; otherwise, it's Jesus on the dashboard! You get the picture.

I publicly stated my commitment on Facebook and recruited my husband as added affirmation. If I didn't do that...yeah, I would've hit the snooze button this morning.

To my surprise, he got up early and was rearing to get his Ohm on. I'm not sure what his goals are for the end of the week but mine was to get a lot of writing done. And look! I'm writing. Spelling with my eyes closed, even. I just may finish that short story I've been working on for a month. It'll still be crap but at least I could say it's done.

And the low-self esteem thing is next on my agenda. It's a result of listening to too much Nirvana.

13 comments:

  1. Wow! This is fantastic to hear, Nami! I very rarely inspire people. Least of all inspire them to switch on their Ohm. So, I feel very honoured, indeed! I'm sure you're going to finish that short story. And it will be truly wonderful !!! Keep at it !!

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  2. Oh, you inspire more than you know! Thanks for the encouragement and for feeling honored - I very rarely instigate honor in people.

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  3. Big giant fat kudos to you, Nami! The first steps are usually the hardest isn't? I'm about to try yoga for the first time and it's a bikram yoga (aka the HOT yoga) next week and I hope to find my own 'Ohm' :D

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  4. Good for you. Getting up early to meditate is not something I would do. Ever. Sleep is my meditation.

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  5. I stopped. Sorry Grace. I agree with Maureen, the first step is indeed the hardest, the second hardest is being consistent. Nami,congratulations on finishing your short story!

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  6. @Maureen: Thanks for the Kudos - it's only the beginning...again. Hope you LOVE Yoga as much as I did - hoowee!

    @Twinisms: Thanks for the encouragement - seeing that I was getting up earlier to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, this seemed more productive. I'm sure I'll fall back to my usual ways once the 7 days are up.

    @grapesandoranges: Thanks - the short story is done and I'm not hiding under my couch! And for the love of Grace, get meditating.

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  7. That picture needs to be framed! I'm impressed that your family participates in meditation! I need to try that..... :)

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  8. http://crittersandcrayons.com/2011/12/15/the-kreative-liebster-versatile-blogger-sunshine-ad-infinitum-award/ Gotcha! :)

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  9. Consider it a workout for the soul - some days it's really sore...in a good way! By the way, I'm still working on a way to comment by Name/URL. Unfortunately, Blogger won't let me do it unless I allow anonymous comments, which is a little creepy for me. Will keep you posted...

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  10. Nirvana rocks! Can't say I've ever tried meditation. Good luck with it.

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  11. Any band who'd cover David Bowie's "Man Who Sold The World" is alright by me.

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  12. I'm waaay behind on my blog stalking, I know, but go YOU for trying something new, even if it doesn't involve booze, weed, or valium. ;) Anything that helps you relax and relieve stress and deal with mean, crazy people is ok by me.
    And, yeah, "Man Who Sold the World" rocks.

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  13. Michelle, better late than never. Bruce Lee believed it's better to follow than to lead. Less stressful, if you ask me.

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