Today was Evan’s birthday. We had a nice, relaxing day filled with ice cream cake, steaks on the grill and lots of love (cue the picture reel). I know I just posted about the need to be strong and be happy and savor every moment, but sometimes it is bittersweet, especially when there are scary health terms floating around there like cancer and grade four.
It is easy to get overwhelmed thinking about these health issues, but it is inevitable when birthdays, anniversaries and holidays come up. I felt myself feeling down and worried and scared for the future and what may or may not be. On the verge of tears, not knowing what to say to Evan since it was late last night, I remembered a mantra, if you will, that I came across not too long ago on a friend’s facebook. It’s a hugging meditation that I find works surprisingly well, if you can remember to do it when you get lost in thought and have someone to hug…and according to the site I found to link below, you don’t have to hug a person, but maybe just think of them…so when doing this meditation:
“Holding each other for three in-and-out breaths. With the first breath, we are aware that we are present in this very moment and we are happy. With the second breath, we are aware that the other is present in this moment and we are happy as well. With the third breath, we are aware that we are here together, right now on this earth, and we feel deep gratitude and happiness for our togetherness.“
In the original post I read from my friend, on one of the breaths you picture yourself with the person you are hugging 300 years in the future. This was a nice adjustment because it makes me forget about just today, but where we will be in the next life. When doing the 300 year projection I always share what I pictured with the person I hugged. Evan pictured us owning a flying car company last night and I envisioned us flying on eagles. I know trippy, but it helps me think of other things, of crazy possibilities, but the bottom line is it reminds me that I need to be happy that I have Evan right now. Today. And he has me. And we have Addison.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, or want to meditate in a non-traditional way, just try it. You might find it is something that helps you, as it does me.