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What’s That Smell-My Morning Meditation

Mediation is joy and the ways to feel such joy depends on the practitioner. I like sound when I can’t turn my mind off, yet I’ve been captivated by scent and not sound. Since discovering my inner tea lover just the smell of black tea is all I need to transport me to a safe place. Each morning can just mesh with the day, no real start just that I woke up. That changed this past week as I discovered the value of silence.

Getting up early is a chore I’ve struggled with my whole life yet has a higher value now. At 6:30 I get my tea ready and while it steeps I let myself ignore the clock, the fact I have to be at work soon and generate a mental barrier between me and the world. For 30 minutes it’s me accompanied by golden silence. Once I begin to drink the tea I focus on my breath emptying my mind to create a clean slate for the busyness of the day ahead.  Reading my devotional bible I use this time to pray seeking guidance for the day. Just this much “me time” is enough. This is my meditation practice now. I wonder what changes await me in the next evolution?

However you mediate, celebrate your journey by giving into what gives you joy! Walk and meditate, journal and mediate; use essential oils, sit in the sun… whatever moves you.

Let me know how your practice has grown in the comments or on any of my social media links! I would love to hear from you.

Blessing and Peace-Randa 🙂

2017 Wellness Reading Challenge

2017-wellness-reading-challenge  Click on the link to download a printable document. 

Calling all readers!! If you love a good book join me this year for some life-changing reads. Non-fiction and fiction fill 2017’s  list all with a theme to meditate on. Themes include social media habits, time management, healthy living, and starting again after a personal disaster.  I will be posting about my reading progress throughout the year to share my thoughts. Feel free to chime in about what books you’re reading as well; I love to hear from fellow readers. The link above is a word document that you can print out and use to follow along.

I have a few favorites of mine and a few new titles I want to try this year.  Use this list as a place to start your adventure into daring new worlds! Praying you find some books you’ll love and try some you didn’t think you’d like. If you don’t’ see your favorite let me know in the comments and I can add it to the list. Have a great 2017! 

  • Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart
  • Party of One by Anneli Rufus
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Rooms by James L. Rubart
  • Meditate Your Weight by Tiffany Cruikshank
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicome
  • How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin
  • Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Progeny by Tosca Lee
  • Demon by Tosca Lee

Blessings and Peace- Randa 🙂