I woke up this morning thinking about what it means to be devoted. My morning was pretty chaotic yesterday and I missed my time of the zafu. Then we rushed out of the house for the day and didn't get home until after dinner. By the time I got my little one bathed and in bed, I was feeling more like sleeping than sitting. But the house was so quiet and the smell of sage in my kitchen was drawing me into myself. So into the classroom I went, sage and all, to sit. This isn't my usual meditation spot, but last night it felt like my own private zendo.
The dictionary definition of devotion is: "profound dedication; consecration." The etymology of the word is more revealing... (from the Latin) "de" means "all the way down" or "completely," (see de-) and "vovere" meaning "to vow" (see vow). So, we might say that being "devoted" to our practice means that we've made a promise from the bottom of our heart to sit each day. It means that we are dedicated and motivated to waking up, to seeing our lives with more clarity, and to bringing peace into the world be creating peace within ourselves. What does "devotion" mean to you? Consider journal-writing about this question as a contemplative practice.
If you fell off of the pillow yesterday, today is the day to get back on. If you haven't signed up for the challenge, there is no time like right now! If you are still feeling uneasy about a busy mind, check out this article at Intent.com, Quiet Please! Taming Monkey Mind in Meditation.
For the kiddos today, check out this exercise,Cooked Spaghetti, from Donna over at Yoga In My School. Be sure find them on Facebook for more great tips on practicing with your kids.
Please don't hesitate to ask a question or share your experience, mamas. I'd love to hear from you!! Much love & light.