Counting Down to Day 31 (Day 98 out of 129) of the Middle Path Makeover – The Beat

Newness marks a beat. The end marks a beat. And then there are all the beats in between. There are Hip Hop beats, Swing beats, Samba beats and more. Heart beats. Life beats at our door. Open your ears and open your heart to the beat and dance. Dance until the beat overcomes your feet and body, your mind and your will. Dance. Keep dancing. Dance for your life.

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Dancer and Blogger 🙂

Counting Down to Day 40 (Day 89 out of 129) of the Middle Path Makeover – Traveling Without Moving

As the season (finally) begins to change, I feel like I’m traveling to another, warmer place without having to actually move anywhere. In honor of Springtime, I think it’s only appropriate to leave you with this haiku from Richard Wright (1908-1960):

Keep straight down this block,
Then turn right where you will find
A peach tree blooming

Have a lovely day,

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Counting Down to Day 45 (Day 84 out of 129) of the Middle Path Makeover – Meditation on the Move

When you’re on the go as much as I am, I find it’s often really grounding to be able to bring my meditation practices with me. My zafu and zabuton (meditation cushions) don’t pack up into my carry-on very well. Here are several sites I’ve found to be easily accessible, especially when traveling:

YogaDownload – I’ve bought 45-minute and 60-minute classes in several styles of Yoga for about $5 or $6 bucks. I download them onto my thumbdrive and take them with me to play on my laptop. The instructors are solid and YogaDownload even offers free 20-minute downloads if you want to try a style first.

Vipassana.org – This is a fantastic organization and their website offers information and even online training in the Theraveda Buddhist tradition. I love getting their e-newsletters and find their information to be valuable and comprehensible, where many other websites on the subject tend to fall a bit short. They don’t spam.

The Mindfulness Bell – This is a FABULOUS free site that allows you to set online timers (mindfulness bells) on your computer in various intervals. No download is needed! I often use this site on my work computer to remind me to wake up and be present and in the moment.

Wzen.org – This is my very favorite internet radio station on the topic of Zen, broadcasting from the Mountains and Rivers Order in upstate New York. I haven’t tried it on my cell phone yet but I suspect it will also stream from a smartphone.

Keep on keepin’ on and keep on movin’,

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger
P.S. I am recommending these websites to you because for me, they’re tried and true. No one is paying me to recommend these sites. Please enjoy and let me know what you think!

Counting Down to Day 59 (Or Day 70 out of 129) of The Middle Path Makeover Project – Flow with it

“Resistance is futile.” That’s what the Borg used to say. I’ve always been the one to be vocal and stand up for what I believe in and stand up for others who can’t. So often I’ve gotten used to fighting that at times I’m fighting for the sake of it; bad habit. It doesn’t make sense to do it. Thank goodness for self-awareness or I’d never stop getting out of my own way. It can be really exhausting.

As fortune would have it, I’m a dancer. Or at least I was a dancer for nearly 30 years and intensely educated in the art of flow. I’ve been really lucky to never need any sort of drug or alcohol to find my flow, I simply needed to just be aware of myself enough to turn the switch on. The dissidence would dissipate and I’d be left with sheer joy. This has always been such a gift for me, but I think I’ve taken it for granted. Unfortunately, the longer I go without dancing, the more difficult it is to find the switch. It’s become harder to rely on. And now I find myself getting in my own way again.

So I’m on a mission to find my flow. Since Stella got her groove back, Leah Joy can probably find her flow, right? Tomorrow during Zazen (seated meditation), I will practice getting out of my way and going with the flow. The flow of my breath. It will be a beautiful dance, done seated completely still on a cushion. 🙂

“Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting for flow”,

-TZB