First, while trying to quiet my mind, a person in my thoughts really wants my attention. It is hard to stop him from intruding my mind, so instead, I visualize that I give him a slight push to sit down at the table to join the meditation. The imagery allows me to move his energy aside for that moment. I feel calmer and in control. My mind and my breath make a significant shift.
Next, as I go deeper into meditation, I began to think about transitions. We all have them, good or bad, joyous or sad. The past few years, I experienced a number of personal and professional transitions, and in the sadder moments thought, "Why is this happening TO me?" Today, I visualize one of the transitions happening and I am there watching it like a passing car or train. I was able to separate myself from the transitions of life because they will continue to happen and I may or may not be on that train.
One last thought, even if the transition impacts my life, I am part of the flow, like a passenger on the train. What I am not is the target or victim. I can't control the transition or its timing AND I can control my behavior, my compassion, my understanding, and now embrace the situation with love.
This is what I learned today.