Thursday, 8 February 2018

I had a dream......

I had a dream last night. It was short. Just a set of lock gates opening. 

I don't dream every night, but this one was most welcome, as it was dream of encouragement, one that was posted into my head by the greater forces of the Universe. 
So how do I know that it was coming in to my head rather than being a dream being invented by my head. Because the message which went with that dream was 'you are moving forward'. Wow! I would never invent a dream like that for myself. And anyway, my dreams are normally like watching a film, sometimes I am in them, sometimes I am an observer, but most times a story is being told, and very fascinating and interesting they are too. 
So looking forward to seeing what transpires in the months ahead. 

I recently joined a meditation group, a lovely bunch of people, not 'seriously earnest' types, just people wanting to get some balance in their lives in a vaguely Buddhist type of way. No chanting or anything like that, but they do sit on cushions on the floor but I don't, I sit on a chair because if I sat on the floor it would take me an age to get up again. This is something I would like to remedy this year, that I would like to be able to get down on the floor and then be able to get back up again without assistance, although I did manage to get back up again when my foot got into a tangle with a piece of string and I fetched up in a muddy puddle underneath the eaves of the gate house being drenched with falling water which was made up of melting hailstones. I was on my way out to the side field to get our small flock of sheep into shelter before their lambs succumbed to coldness from the freezing hailstones and rain. It is surprising what one can do when there is an urgent need coming from someone or something else. So it did not do for me too stay long in the puddle waiting to see where pain would strike because I was needed to be get those lambs back into the barn. I therefore became able, somehow, to get myself up, the need to be on the move. As I say, it is surprising what one can do when one has to. 

But I really need to be able to get up from the floor in a more elegant manner, so once the weather gets warmer I shall start having a go at getting up and down. I would like to sit on a floor cushion while meditating like everyone else. Sitting on a chair makes me feel like an elderly lady, which I am not ready to be just yet. 

Meditation is a word which, to me, has always meant effort. Trying to calm a very bouncy mind is something which is beyond me for most of the time. So why would I want to get my mind under control? Because it stops me from being at peace within myself, that's all. Does that matter? Well it does if I want to start writing again. And it does if I want to help my body to continue to heal after the hospital episode last October. 

I had a dream last night. I have paid attention to it, and not dismissed it. If you ever have a dream which is clear and informative, then pay attention to it as well because it is meant to give you encouragement and hope, and to let you know that another you are heading towards another step in your life and that it will be alright. 

Vx








14 comments:

Cassie said...

Hi Vera, I've never been able to slow my brain down long enough to meditate either, when I try I seem to add more things to the list. Hopefully you can figure out the secret and share.

Vera said...

CASSIE, small five minute bursts of meditation, that is all I can manage, but it is better than nothing! Personally I like 'The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering)' on Youtube. It is an hour long, but is a five minute meditation which is repeated for the hour so I listen to it in short bursts. I rarely find an online meditation which works for me, but this one speaks to my heart. I think the secret is to keep searching until you find a meditation which works for you, which could be listening to music, or the spoken word, or repeated mantras, or counted breath. I also find the teachings of Thich Nath Hanh very helpful, also watching The Shift by Wayne Dyer. But as I say, keep searching and you will eventually find the right meditation to quieten your mind, if only for a little while! It will be worth it.

Rhodesia said...

I have never tried meditation but I am sure it is worthwhile and relaxing. Seeing you are on your own often at the moment you really need to be able to get up and down. If you should slip and go down and hurt yourself I hope you have a means of calling someone to help. Our neighbour who has the same problem carries a mobile with her everywhere and it has paid off a couple of times. Take care Diane

Vera said...

DIANE, thanks for your caring comment, and I shall take notice of what you have said.

Dawn McHugh said...

Up and down in an elegant manner sounds appealing, I do often wonder when did it happen, one day I could get up and down and move without stiffness then suddenly I find I cant, its like it was stolen over night, its not like I stopped moving for a period of time and when I went to move again I was stiff no I have always been on the move and my suppleness has gone just like that.

Ally said...

Yes, that appears to be a very meaningful dream which has a definite message for you. Meditation is an important part of my life. I have a daily practice of twenty minutes but I just wanted to tell you about a well known Buddhist monk who regularly makes a coffee, and sits down to meditate for the length of time it takes for his coffee to cool down. How long and where you sit isn't that important. I am thinking of how hard you practiced on your accordion and now you do gigs. Persevere with meditation. It'll happen x

northsider dave said...

Perhaps you should make your smallholding into a meditation centre and campsite Vera?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I've been reading a lot lately about mindfulness and meditation, in preparation for a new psychology course I will be teaching. It's interesting stuff.

Vera said...

DAWN, two years ago a similar thing happened to me, ....to get out of bed took me a long time, and I could hardly walk for the stiffness. It passed, but I had to do a lot of work on myself. I researched the symptoms online, then found a way to get myself reasonably well again. Will email you, Dawn. I had a feeling that something was not altogether right with you. Vx

ALLY, thank you for your encouragement, I use the cooling of my coffee for the time of my meditation as well. At the moment I am under a wonderful balance, which I shall try hard to maintain by regular practice. Most definitely I feel much better in myself, and it is good to know that you also meditate.

DAVE, it is a good idea which you have suggested, and we will think long and hard as to whether it is viable or not. Thank you.

LISA, I am not surprised that you are interested in mindfulness and meditation as I have sensed this with you. I have just connected with the teachings of the Buddhist monk Thich Nath Hanh, which are having a deep effect on me. I am also listening to the Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering), which also has a deep effect on me.
Bless you, Lisa, and looking forward to seeing how you get on with mindfulness and meditation. It will benefit you in life, that is for sure.

Ally said...

Great idea!

Theresa Young said...

The idea of meditation has always been hard for me. Like you, I can't seem to calm my mind and I know I would benefit from it. Good luck with yours. Sounds like new doors are opening for you. Can't wait to see where the path takes you.

Vera said...

THERESA, .... I can't wait to see where the path takes me either, meanwhile plodding on with learning meditation and am finding that the meditations which have music in work better than meditation in silence. Hope you find a way to meditate as well. It is making a difference to me.

PeteForester1 said...

God talks in this way; you feel that the images/messages are "radioed" into your head. It comes in as a complete thought. You feel it; it came from the outside in.

Leave yourself open to further messages. Pray, and then sit long enough to listen; "meditate," if you will. Most folks don't do this. A small part of praying is what you say. The rest is what GOD says...

Vera said...

PETEFORESTER1, thank you for your words, and I agree with them all.