I have a dear friend I met at work 7-8 years ago. Having worked 11, 12… 13 hour days together, we have fierce mutual respect, and many fun memories to giggle about. Years later, we have something else in common: we often gasp at the same wonders.
For my birthday, it was quite natural for her to join me in writing lyrics late into the night. We cackled, guffawed, and “oohed” and “ahhhed”. We sang, and cackled some more. For her birthday, I joined her in a full-day meditation retreat at the East Bay Meditation Center: “Dream, Believe, and Soar”. Spring Washam was our guide. Her gentle spirit and solid intentions are apparent at first introduction, and reinforced through a day of conscious story-telling, progress-crafting, and meditating. She speaks with clarity and generously offers effervescent joy for life. The experience made me feel like it was my birthday again. What an energizing day!
The retreat began with a focus on joyful moments in childhood, moved into exploration of fear in the early afternoon, and honed in on dreams, visions, and leap-taking in the late afternoon. Meditations were interspersed amongst writing exercises and group discussions. As I read through what I’d written during the retreat, I decided to share my vision via Biocadence. I encourage everyone to take 20 minutes to write your own visions for the future! The New Year is such a great time to set intentions, and craft images for what can be.
My space is sparse, clean and crisp. I have given many belongings away. Those that I’ve kept have a purpose and a place.
My first thoughts upon waking are self-affirming, life-welcoming, and optimistic. I have nutrients, hydration, and my practice of conscious-lifestyle-design.
I am always planning a trip abroad, to explore and write about distinct cultures and how they relate to behavioral change, sustainability, and global conflict.
Biocadence has many platforms for community, lifestyle design, and quality-of-life brainstorming, related to over-consumption recovery.
I write in the morning, exercise, meditate, then clean, cook, network, and play in the afternoon.
I have a child. My efforts include constant consideration of alleviating my husband’s workload, such that he can know our child well.
I have boundaries. I am as safe as is possible in human form. I understand that I do not need to tolerate unnecessary pain, to prove that I’ve earned the reward of life. I offer love and compassion to all, in my understanding of our inter-connectedness.
I have fears, sure, as I am human. I explore my fears, and define their sources. I know what and who I’m afraid of, allowing me to manage risk, and progress without paralysis-inducing traffic jams of mind/body.
I do not only survive. I survive and I thrive. I honor the map that has guided me to relief and wisdom. I share my map openly, to help other survivors write their own maps.
My journey is never finished; the mystery of my future fuels me to continue with curiosity, awe and wonder. I am homesick… oh, such a sweet response to being human. It drives me to do everything I can to make human existence more like heavenly existence.
Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day! Squeeze hugs and happy visions from,
Annie at Biocadence
- How Meditation Leads to increase Psychic Ability (bayintegratedmarketing.wordpress.com)
- Should Buddhist Meditation Make You Happy? (theatlantic.com)
- Retreating into Meditation (theatlantic.com)
- Letting Life Live Through Us. (elephantjournal.com)
- Sadhguru: Meditation: The End of Suffering from Huff Post (karahpino.me)
- Interview with Meditation & Spirituality Teacher Spring Washam (indybay.org)