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LJ Idol - Season 8, Week 1

When you pray, move your feet. 


One of the best things about my ex-husband was that he made the morning coffee every day. I woke every morning to steaming, fresh cup of coffee brought to me while I was still in bed. When I left the ex a couple of years ago, I left this tradition. Soon, I began starting my days with meditation before I had the cup of coffee. Six a.m. comes early for me. I'm not a morning person. And, meditating in the morning when you're sleepy reduces its benefit. Consuming caffeine with meditation creates a precarious balance.

When I get it right, though.....when I get it just right, the day turns to magic. After a morning meditation, I am able to move through the day with the presence it deserves. It gets me closer to getting the day just right. Even though days have a certain structure to them, every one is different. Without the ability to be present with the day, it is possible to turn into a robot believing that each day is the same and is devoid of meaning. 

Morning meditation begins my day with gratitude. From there, I can attend to the little things of the day that greet me with the "not good, not bad, just so" attitude that stems from Buddhist teachings. Some days I get it just right: my attitude is the prayer I offer as I walk through the day. My prayer is gratitude, presence and joy. It works much better for me than an hour every Sunday in church. My days have meaning. The routines may all be the same, but if I attend closely to them, like snowflakes, I appreciate the differences. Deep in those differences, there is beauty.

Of course, coffee every morning helps. My partner makes the coffee in the morning now. He doesn't bring it to me in bed, but sipping it together in the morning after our meditation is divine. 

This has been my entry for LJ Idol Season 8, Week 1. 

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mymisguided
Oct. 19th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Aww. I love how significant this is, how things change from beginning to end. It's very short, but that doesn't diminish its loveliness in any way. Great job! =D This was a great read.
isis_lives
Oct. 19th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much. I try to keep my entries brief when there are over 200 to read. :)
tjoel2
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
All of this is beautiful! I'm SO not a morning person and I push it by getting up at 6:17am, which gives me just enough time to get my son on the bus, before I have to get my daughter up and get myself out the door as well. Mornings can be hectic. I so wish that I could get up earlier to meditate in the mornings. I'm not a happy person in the mornings. And I've been out of coffee for awhile now (no $ for it these days, and despite what some may think, coffee is a luxury, not a necessity).

I love your outlook! "My prayer is gratitude, presence and joy." I strive for this in my life as well. Yoga has helped me achieve this often, but being a single mom with two kids, I don't get to go as often as I like.

Looking forward to more of your posts!
isis_lives
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, coffee is a luxury. Just imagine the amount of money spent in coffee shops every morning.

Yoga is prayer. I love when I am in a yoga rhythm. :)
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helios137
Oct. 19th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
My prayer is gratitude, presence and joy. That sounds just right to me!
isis_lives
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks. Walking the talk a bit more every day.
raayneforest
Oct. 19th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Lovely post.
isis_lives
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading it and for taking the time to comment amidst so many entries!
maerhys
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
I love the carrying on of ritual even as it changes with your life. Lovely post.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, I find rituals comforting. Thank you.
wrensgirl
Oct. 19th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
"The routines may all be the same, but if I attend closely to them, like snowflakes, I appreciate the differences. Deep in those differences, there is beauty."

I really enjoyed this phrase. It makes you think.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
It's a variation on being in a rut. Routines can be comforting if I remember to look at them this way!
m_malcontent
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Great to learn more about one of my favorite fellow contestants!
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you. Same backacha!
noodledays
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
really like the images here. :D
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them. And, I love the icon. :)
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shadowwolf13
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
I often suspect that if I had coffee in the morning I'd get so much more done in a day. I always feel better after meditation but never seem to make time for it.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Meditation is kind of like working out. . . it doesn't just happen. You have to make time for it for it to happen. It's always tough for me, but I love it when it works.
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mstrobel
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Just reading this made me feel all calm and content. Maybe because I too have coffee beside me? XD Loved it.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Would love to have coffee with you in our imaginary world. Your entry was very nice. Hope you keep playing the home game!
wolfden
Oct. 20th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
what lovely images.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
dslartoo
Oct. 20th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
I wish meditation worked for my girlfriend. It takes blasting powder to dislodge her from bed in the morning and she's cranky for at least an hour before she wakes up properly. And coffee makes her sleepy, of all things, so using it to help kickstart her day isn't an option. Oh well -- we can't all be as balanced and centered as you seem to be. A shame, that. :)

cheers,
Phil
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
To be honest, it wasn't just the meditation that helped me. I had a change in diet and lifestyle that went along with it. I meditated for years and always found it beneficial, but it wasn't until I ate healthier and quit drinking single malt scotch every night that it really made a difference.
zeitgeistic
Oct. 20th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
What an interesting take on how one tradition in your life transformed into another. I really love meditation, and it was so interesting to read your entry. :)
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And, thanks for noticing the transition.
cacophonesque
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
I used to be a "must have coffee every morning" person. Then I got pregnant. First there was the first trimester nausea which just made it totally unappealing. And then I started limiting my caffeine intake to be healthier for the baby. Now I have a hot cup of decaf tea in the morning and wake up better than I used to.

But I think I'd still like to start a meditation practice, just to try to still my mind and give myself the space to think more clearly each day.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
When I was pregnant and/or nursing, I didn't drink any coffee. I'm 55 now so that was some time ago. Decaf never worked for me, but I absolutely love tea!
muchtooarrogant
Oct. 21st, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
There are many concepts expressed beautifully here, but this one made me smile, "Consuming caffeine with meditation creates a precarious balance." I'm not religious at all, but THAT I believe. :) Thank you for sharing this.

Dan
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
It is a precarious balance. LOL! So are some other worthwhile things. Maybe that's why we practice walking and chewing gum at the same time when we're young?
kittyfaelis
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
Coffee and meditation, wonderful.
Your entry illustrates beautifully how every has to find their own prayer and way of living with it. Well done!
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Appreciate your acknowledgement. Your icon looks good enough to drink!
myrna_bird
Oct. 21st, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
I am so happy to be reading you again. I find such inspiration in your entries and you have just given new meaning to my own morning coffee. Rising in the morning with a grateful heart, of course, the day will be magic!
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Magic throughout the day is the goal. Thank you! :)
whipchick
Oct. 21st, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Great circularity - enjoyed seeing the ritual evolve as you do!
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
nannerz2cool
Oct. 21st, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
This was great!
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
similiesslip
Oct. 22nd, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
This was my favorite line:

Deep in those differences, there is beauty.

I like how this is deep and profound and yet begins and ends with coffee. Sometimes it's the little things that keep us functioning enough to get to the "deep" things:)
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. One of my have songs of old is James Taylor's "Secret o' Life" for those very reasons.
rt_sparrow
Oct. 22nd, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Some days I get it just right: my attitude is the prayer I offer as I walk through the day.

I need more of this in my life. Thanks for the reminder.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wishing more of it in your life. <3
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barrelofrain
Oct. 22nd, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
I like the way this was neatly packaged, beginning and ending with your morning coffee traditions.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. A good cup of coffee makes the difference in my day. I've tried many times to use substitutes, but always go back to the real thing. Nothing quite like it.
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baxaphobia
Oct. 22nd, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
It's those "get it right" days that make the others worthwhile. Nice thoughts in this.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Some days I use a microscope for the "get it right" minutes instead of days, but they exist. :)
basric
Oct. 23rd, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
A lovely entry. Well done.
isis_lives
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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