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No Fan of Routine, BR Finds Herself Routinely Meditating…

16 Aug

I’m not someone who’s big on routine.  I don’t need a fixed, daily structure to get a lot of work done - I’m pretty internally driven - and, because I can only write and think so much on any given day, I prefer to let my impulse to work drive me. That’s also true of my impulse to get away from work.

That means that on some days I’ll work 14 hours, and on others barely at all. Sometimes, in the middle of writing a piece, I know I have to get away from it in order to wrap my mind around it in a better way, and so playing hookey is part of getting the job done - or so I tell myself.  (A lot of writers will relate to this, I suspect.)

Besides, if I were to give myself a rigid daily schedule, I’d rebel against it in about a minute.

So, imagine my surprise when, after a few weeks, I found myself slipping into a routine each morning here on this beautiful, light-splashed island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Because it’s often foggy here at dawn, I frequently wake up to the sound of a fog horn. I love this deep, low, repeating call, and stretching and yawning to it infuses me with a sense of coziness and protectivity (yeah, yeah, I know that’s not a word - just bear with me here.).

By the time I stumble downstairs, the fog is usually lifting and those famously rosy fingers of dawn (forgive me, Homer, for biting offa your Iliad) are spreading across Nantucket Sound - it’s a different light show each morning. You never know what you’re gonna get, so, if you’re a lover of variety and surprises, it’s always worth watching.  I watch with great interest.

In the kitchen, I indulge myself in my last addiction by making a pot of high-test, smoky, French roast coffee.  The scent alone perks me up and fills me with a sense of well-being.  Frankly, I don’t give a hoot if this is biochemically induced happiness.  I adore the first sip. If I were a dog, I’d be wagging my tail by now.

I take my coffee cup outside, turn on the water hose, and spend about 15 minutes gently showering a chaotic display of flowers growing dementedly in front of my house.  If I don’t do this, the heat of the day will make short work of them.  I love walking around watering them, deadheading spent flowers and watching how the bright reds, whites, purples and yellows get even brighter from the water shining on their surfaces.

By now my neighbor walks by.  He’s on his way to get his first cup of coffee at the coffee shop on the harbor.  We discuss the weather without him breaking his stride.

I go back in the house, realizing that this has become my morning meditation.  For me, it’s all about being present, opening the senses, focusing attention and feeling gratitude.  This routine works for me!  

Have a beautiful day, good people!!

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award