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Yesterday I was lucky enough to be given a short instruction in the art of Meditation by a friend of a friend. Now I have been wanting to start meditating for quite some time now and have tried and failed on all of my personal attempts of clearing the mind and concentrating my thoughts when sitting still and quiet.
But on this occasion it appeared to work…. or at least I think it did! Now please understand that these are my recollections of the experience so some of it may be incorrect or just misinterpreted so I apologise in advance if I have made any or many mistakes…!
Let me tell you what happened…
We were sat in our respective comfortable chairs and our teacher sat herself on the floor in front of us. She played some very soft back ground music told us to remove our shoes, sit comfortably with the soles of both feet planted firmly on the ground, close our eyes and relax.
As the music played softly in the back ground I was told to think of a ray of brilliant light passing down through my body and into my feet. As it went past each nerve, fibre and bone it relaxed them in turn and allowed my to breathe from deep within myself yet not notice I was doing this. I was then told to imagine my feet were planted into the floor so that the light flowed continually through me and into the earth. This is what we consider our energy force that flows through us continually. I allowed this energy force to almost consume me and imagined myself in a brilliant cocoon of light. As the light intensified I started to empty myself of thoughts and concentrate only on the breathing. As I did this I started to have thoughts that were linked to everyday me, thoughts about the dog, the flat, my blog and my writing. So I started to clear them out and began try to concentrate on my breathing and the here and now (as it was then… 😉 ) so I might once again relax.
Now I admit it took a couple of attempts but finally I started to shut out all of the noise and outside thoughts and I began to think of things that I had never before contemplated. One thought was telling me about the solution to a lock. It was only a fleeting glance but it was so vivid that i could see this lock and a combination, however when I tried to remember later I couldn’t! After this I started to see some colours and the most prevalent was the colour purple which I was told afterward that I was in a meditative state as this is the colour you see when the mind relaxes fully. Finally I was not actually aware until afterward, but I achieved a complete state of meditation for what seemed like a split second. It can only be likened to that moment when you fall asleep and are woken with a start immediately afterward as if you are falling. It is like total nothingness then reality drags you back. This happened once more in my relaxation period and then we were brought back into the now.
The greatest thing about this was the mindfulness that comes with this action of clearing the mind of old thoughts in order to fill it will newer more valuable ones. I am not sure if I did this completely but I woke in such a wonderful state that I my legs felt relaxed and recharged and my hands were as soft as butter.
I am still but a complete novice at this but I can guarantee that I shall attempt to hit this meditative state on my own each day over the next two weeks so I will have had plenty of practise before my next appointment with the Yogi Dinah.
As today is a gym rest day, I shall endeavour to practise all I learnt in my lesson and as you know, practise makes perfect…!
FOOD DIARY: Monday 6th July 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||175mls||Phd Diet Whey Protein||91||17||2.75||1.4|
|1||70gms||Six Seeded Brown Batch Loaf||140||8.4||18.2||6.5|
|1||175mls||Phd Diet Whey Protein||91||17||2.75||1.4|
|Dinner||1||200gms||Spicy Chicken, Mushroom, Pepper and Potato Stew||235||22||20||4|
|1||42gms||Jordan Crunchy Cereal Bar||197||3.4||25.3||8.5|
A good day on the food to be honest which is probably for the best as the day before I was quite sedentary yet felt as though I spent most of the day eating! Considering Monday turned out to be as active as it was, I think these figures are probably in the right place. I am in fact amazed I didn’t eat more as I spent the evening in the kitchen preparing three different dishes. Two for my Tasty Tuesday post and one for the lunch yesterday.
Moving on to yesterdays activities and there was a certain amount of reduction in the impetus with which I attacked my exercise. The dreaded hip pain was back again and even though I took a few tablets for the pain, I struggled to match my figures from the previous day. That said, I still walked with the dog (even though the rain came and went and then came again all too often….) after which I managed my usual gym session.
The walk was a fairly standard affair but not as spritely as Mondays. I was a bit slower and also took a shorter walk by a few hundred meters but we could still both hold our heads up high once we had finished.
Adding this to the usual Cardio and Strength Workout at the gym where I used the exercise bike but instead I did the entire bike session at level 4 for 19 minutes before doing my 5 minutes on the stepping machine at the usual level 5 and spending the remaining 6 minutes at level 6 on the cross trainer.
- 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Abductor machine
- 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Adductor machine
- 3 x 30 Reps 30kg Abdominal Crunch machine
- 3 x 30 Reps 30kg Lower Back machine
- 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Cable Row
- 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Chest Press
- 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Pec Deck
- 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Tricep Pull Down
- 2 x 30 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
- 1 x 50 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
- 3 x 30 Standing Oblique 20kg Barbell Twists (15 each side)
- 3 x 30 Standing Russian Oblique Weighted Bar Twists (15 each side)
This gave me a final exercise Polar H7 reading of 908 calories burned with a screenshot of:
This was quite an efficient use of my mornings time because it almost allowed me to cover my daily step requirements given that the afternoon was completely sedentary due to the meditation and lunch!
As I have said today is a rest day for the gym so I shall make the most of that and try to hit target as I will have a little more time on my hands.
Stay out of the fridge.