Infertility and serenity. Infertility and calm. Infertility and inner peace. Infertility and gratitude. Infertility and optimal health. They don't really slip right off the tongue, do they? Those sets of words, seemingly, don't have much to do with one another.
Thinking out loud, it's similar to the idea that when everything is fine, settled, balanced and grounded, I can have those things. Serenity, calm, inner peace, gratitude, optimal health. Those things are possible in the future, when none of the jarring, disturbing, upsetting, difficult or challenging things that are in my life at this moment still exist.
Pause. Breathe. If every single thing in your life that is upsetting disappeared, some other challenge would take it's place. That's life. Life is a series of challenges and joys. A reasonable question is, can you find happiness, contentment, gratitude, serenity, inner peace in this moment?
I can't always. There are plenty of moments in every day of my life that I feel almost consumed by worry, fear and sadness. Or some combination of those three. Every single day of my life, I find those other, more desirable feelings also.
The 21-Day Meditation Challenge
For the last seven days, I've had some help from Deepak Chopra (and Oprah Winfrey). They've put together a twenty one day meditation challenge. Free. About seventeen minutes long. Day seven, yesterday, was about "honoring your body." Each day, there is a centering thought, a Sanskrit mantra, a message of the day, beautiful music, a gorgeous picture and Deepak Chopra leading you into a short, quiet meditation. Day one's title got my attention and held it. "The Journey to Perfect Health." Who wouldn't want that?
I made the commitment to take this meditation challenge, to give myself this gift of eighteen minutes of possibility. So far, I've enjoyed it immensely. Even as my mind chatters all sorts of ridiculous nonsense at me during meditation, I've still felt calmer afterwards.
At my Fertile Yoga Students' Request...
I was asked to blog about this, to share this information with you, by my Fertile Yoga students. These meditations are similar to what we often do in Fertile Yoga, a version of guided meditation and centering your thoughts.
Perhaps it's time to try something new? Something different? Take a turn in the path that you're on? Interested? Register here. For me, it's a wonderful new twist to my own meditation practice. Like adding a special flavor. Let me know what you think.
Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for seven years and is currently Patient Advocate and Blog Editor-in-Chief.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.