Best laid plans to meditate in the morning were hijacked today, but I made sure to find the time for today’s lesson and meditation. I’m so glad I did. #RealHappiness Challenge Day 2 focuses on sounds.
This guided meditation resonated with me. I noticed the sounds of the heater in the apartment, the sirens outside (I’m near a hospital, fire department and police department), people walking in the hallway. I practiced noticing the sounds and letting them go. Sometimes I found myself hanging on to an interesting sound -trying to determine what was making the sound. When I realized I was doing that, I said to myself – let it go and pictured the sound moving across my brain and out of hearing range. It worked for me.
After the meditation I fully realized how important this particular practice will be for me. I am on an airplane at least once per month. Where I routinely travel to is a family destination (Orlando), so the flights I am on always have families with children. Sometimes those children are not real happy to be on the plane.
Today’s meditation lesson reminded me that I can chose to either focus on the sounds in the plane and hang on to the crying baby, or upset toddler. Or I can hear the sounds and let the go. I do not have to focus my attention on those sounds. As #SharonSalzberg points out – I do not have to respond to the sounds. The sound will fade. Eventually the upset child will be soothed.