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Oct112008

Bliss on a Bus

FLCKR Photo by striaticRecently after a busy outing with lots of people, noise and movement, I could feel myself becoming drained and tired. I just wanted to be still and peaceful for a while, but I was on a crowded bus and wouldn't be home for a while yet, so what to do?

I reached in my pocket for my iPod, selected a favourite devotional song, closed my eyes, took a few deep breaths, and I was gone... Away from it all, I couldn't hear the chatting around me, I wasn't looking at the moving traffic and lights outside. I felt still and quiet.

After a couple of minutes I began meditating on an image in my mind with full attention until I could see it as clearly as a photograph. I felt my shoulders relax and a smile beginning to twitch the corners of my mouth. Here I was sitting on a packed bus feeling quite blissful.

 

When we regain the art of tuning in to our internal world we can learn to find peace anywhere.


I'm not sure if the folks at Apple Inc. are aware of what an amazing meditation aid an iPod can be, but I've lost count of the times I've used mine to listen to a guided meditation or breathing exercise, or listen to classes from my spiritual teachers.

Got something soothing on your iPod? Please leave a comment below.

 

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Reader Comments (2)

I totally understand your experience here. Meditation is fantastic because it can take you away from the hectic calamity of human civilization at the snap of the fingers (This is assuming you have practiced meditation for at least a couple months). Its like sitting out on the open ocean with no noise around you.

One book I might refer to you is John Assaraf's new book The Vision Board Kit, which teaches people how to turn off unnecessary noise and accomplish their goals through the power of visualization and intention using a vision board. I downloaded a free chapter here... http://tinyurl.com/56mfen

Oct 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRon Towns

Thanks for commenting Ron. I like the point you make about meditation taking "you away from the hectic calamity of human civilization at the snap of the fingers".

As the world gets busier and noisier we are losing this gift of finding internal calm and peace and our mental and physical well being suffer as a direct result. Reclaiming the art of peaceful awareness is a vital step in self care.

Thanks for sharing your book recommendation - readers can also download my free Beautiful Calm meditation eBook here: http://ananga.squarespace.com/free-meditation-ebook/

Oct 30, 2008 | Registered CommenterAnanga

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