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How to Find Our Zen When It Has Been Interrupted
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The other day, during a crystal Reiki session, my client and I both turned our phones off before the session began. Then, about 10 minutes into the session one of the phones pinged. (#Murphy’sLaw)
We double checked it and turned it off again and went back to our relax mode – only to hear a police car siren screech by outside. (#CityOffice) I joked that the Universe was trying to keep us on our toes.
We’ve all experienced this; the lawnmower that starts up just as we sit down to meditate, the toddler who scooters around our feet as we sit down to read a magazine. (#WishfulThinkingMommy) The phone that rings as we say grace during dinner. Ugh.
SO, HOW DO WE FIND OUR ZEN WHEN IT HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED?
The trick is to change our mindset.
Don’t look at these sounds as interruptions. View them as REMINDERS to stay focused. Treat them like kyosaku, the sticks that Zen Buddhist monks use to keep them on track while meditating. These noises teach us to stay centered on whatever we are doing in the moment. Because, as the saying is expressed, “Energy flows where attention goes.” Don’t send annoyance at being interrupted out into the world – you’ll only feel more annoyed!
For example, during the crystal Reiki session, instead of getting annoyed that my client’s relaxation was being interrupted, I took it as an opportunity to deepen my relaxation for her. (#HoldingSpace) This in turn, helped me to focus on the sensations my Reiki hands were experiencing, which led me down a path of consciously connecting with my client through Reiki.
So, the next time you find yourself irritated by the sounds around you, try doing these three things: