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Down by the river…

Image courtesy of Nicholas_T on Flickr

I found a great place for meditating a few days ago.  It is on the bank of a river right in a bend so that the water somewhat surrounds me.  There is a small section of “rapids” which fills the air with the calming sound of running water.  The past week here in Ohio has been almost like summer.  The sun has been shining brightly and the temperatures have been in the upper 70’s.  If I stop at this spot after work, the sun hits the bend in the river perfectly, sending reflections in all directions.  This has been extremely soothing for me.  I hope the sunny weather lasts for a while.

Today I stopped after work to sit by the river and meditate.  I parked and walked to the river’s edge.  I sat down as close to the water as I could and began to release the tension of the day through my meditation.  It was very relaxing and I was able to de-clutter my mind.  After thirty minutes I felt centered and re-charged.  I sat on the bank and thought about my life at this point. This time I only thought about the positive aspects of where I am.  I have a new found fire inside that burns to succeed.  I am going to be successful financially  because I have a new job that is a major upgrade from where I have been.  I also have a business plan that given time will succeed.  Working for myself is my long term goal and I know that I will reach it as long as I press on.  For the first time in my life I can say that I know I will.  I am well on my way to finding my stride as a person.  I am able to control my emotions and have learned that patience is indeed a virtue.  I am amazed at times that I was able to function as well as I did given the emotional immaturity that I had.  I have three children that love me and are perfect in my eyes.  I continue to be a successful father and have learned some life lessons to share with my children along the way.  I am fortunate that I have been made to rise from the funk that I let myself slip into.  I have been given a chance to change my life for the better and to be all I can be.

I have a couple of friends that are facing tough times in their lives.  We all experience rough spots in the road from time to time and I really appreciate the support I have gotten when the hill I faced seemed insurmountable.  I made sure to call both friends after my trip to the river just to let them know that I care and that they can call me anytime they need an ear.  I have learned to listen and realize more about feelings than I ever had.  I am growing and evolving.  At times it seems like we are so far from our goals, until we turn around to see where we were.

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3 comments to Down by the river…

  • This is my first visit here, Brian. What a powerful way to center yourself – your meditation at the river. This reminds me very much of a vacation we took this summer to Idaho, where we went rafting for four days. And one of the most powerful experiences of those four days for me was the evenings, laying down to sleep on the beach in the open air. The sound of the rapids from the river in the background. The sky filled with way more stars than I’ve ever seen. Quiet. Each night I would just spend some time in thought as I lay there. Powerful moments.

    I wish you well on your journey. To me, it sounds like you are in the right place – and your life is heading in a direction you desire. I look forward to reading more of what is to come…

    Lances last blog post..Spread Your Wings and Fly

  • My first visit here, too, Brian. I love the image of sitting by a river and letting it’s calmness calm you. Sometimes we need that time to “regroup” and to feel the flow of the world around us. It’s a steady flow, and it can help soothe our souls. Sometimes listening to the wind rushing by through trees does the same thing for me.

  • I have been hearing a repetitive theme lately that I need to start (and maintain) a meditation practice. Thanks for the reminder and the push to get this into my life practice.

    Stacey / Create a Balances last blog post..Practicing Being Selfish = Self Nurturing

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