A funny thing happened as I wrote about endurance. The old post from 2013 endured. I couldn’t delete it. So, a few updates: Minnesota artist & writer AJ, visiting New York four  summers in a row, says that meditating on and cultivating endurance has been a boon to her creative work as well as her pool game (something to do with improving her shots). Endurance, or in Yoga language, Steadfastness, may not sound sexy, but it also isn’t drudgery. We endure pain as we strive to get beyond it to the highest, shiniest aspect of Self, the inner golden rock that never tarnishes. Meditating (or any activity) in a group increases our endurance as a group’s energy can carry us past our myopic self-scrutiny or lazy tendencies.

Take 5 or so minutes to cultivate the quality of endurance. Contemplate the sound, image, or weight of the word. Reflect on a fulfilling experience of endurance, like a graduation or completion of a long term project. Let go of the word and sit with the feel of it in your body.  Journal or doodle about it.  If you wish, share your insights on endurance here or at: sheilaklewis.wordpress.com. You can also email: sheilaklewis@gmail.com.

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