Episode 31: The Trio on Meditation

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

I am joined by my sister, Sarah, and my mother, Frances, as we consider the idea of meditation.  Is meditation simply a popular trend, a fad?  Or will it help us to achieve a sense of well-being?  How do we practice meditation, especially when many priorities compete for our time?

So put the kettle on. We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.

Until next time, may we remember Sarah’s words:  “May I be well.  May I be happy. May I be loved.”

Safe travels wherever your adventures take you today.

 

25 Comments Add yours

  1. What a relevant subject. Becky, I like to appraise meditation as the beginning and ground of all good. It will develop the inner life. I often indulge in intellectual meditation wherein the mind is concentrated in a state of thinking – not dreaming. Spiritual meditation also has a space in me. Nice that Sarah touched upon the often asked question about the hour and length one should meditate. Jo

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you listened in and am especially interested in the idea of “intellectual meditation” which is concentrated in a state of thinking – not dreaming. Meditation is a huge study and I am only in the baby step portion of my learning. With today’s technology, we have access to many forms of meditation. But I see this as a profound journey, one that should not be taken lightly, but with prudence. Thank you so much for your encouraging and heartwarming comments.

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    2. I also am interested in the idea of intellectual meditation in comparison with spiritual meditation.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        I’m with you on this thought! We need to look at medication through a broader lens.

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      2. I think Dr. Autocorrect just tried to medicate us.

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      3. Clanmother says:

        I laughed out loud when I read you comment – and I have left the “medication” in tact. Laughter is always always a welcome friend.

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  2. Mary Jo Malo says:

    I laughed along with the comments about having a squirrel brain. On the other hand, squirrels are lucky enough to focus on a few simple needs. And definitely, mindfulness is preferable to emptiness, which some have found dangerous to their well-being. Another random thought response here is one I read recently: prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening. Hugs!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Oh Mary Jo! I love your comment: “Prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening!” I have goosebumps just reading that thought. I have placed it on a sticky note on my writing desk. I have often wondered why we relate animal behavior to human behavior. Perhaps it is because animals have a better sense of their reality than humans. Just yesterday, I watched a squirrel scurrying around to collect food for the winter with earnest dedication and complete focus. I would love to run up a tree trunk as fast as a squirrel and wouldn’t it be fun to move from one tree to another with the grace of monkeys, or carry more than double our weight like ants. Thank you for your visit and comments – so very much appreciated.

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    2. I’ve never attempted mediation, even though I’ve been interested in it since high school, because I couldn’t empty my mind no matter how hard I tried. It’s encouraging to hear that meditation is about mindfulness, not an empty mind.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        I agree wholeheartedly! For many (including me), meditation is an unknown. Perhaps we have learned to give this type of activity a narrow definition which includes “emptying our minds.” I have never been able to do that!!! It seems that there is a renewed interest in meditation from a medical perspective. Another mini-research project!!! https://www.everydayhealth.com/meditation/how-meditation-can-improve-your-mental-health/. Thank you for listening in and adding your insights – very much appreciated.

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      2. I think the whole Transcendental Meditation movement when I was in high school may have had something to do with meditation’s apparent inaccessibility–needing to travel to India and learn from yogis how to do it right.

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      3. Clanmother says:

        Ah I do remember those days.

        “Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
        and remember what peace there may be in silence.
        As far as possible, without surrender,
        be on good terms with all persons.”

        It was only years later that I learned that the Desiderata was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana.

        I continue to learn….

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  3. Resa says:

    That was excellent! I go into a meditative state when I sew by hand, which is a lot due to the Art Gowns.
    Love your mom’s saying!
    Seems meditating, of any type is healthy in more ways than one.
    OMG…. this is episode 31! Wow!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      We are perfecting the long-distance podcasting. Brian and Stephanie are very patient with the process. Sewing – what a great podcast idea! Thank you….

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      1. Resa says:

        Sewing is quickly fading from the list of human abilities. I speak of course of home sewing.. being able to do repairs or make a dress.
        Sewing is now an assembly line reality only. For those who want to sew, lessons are pricey, home machines are costly and ineffective for many things (ie hemming jeans) and fabrics are ridiculous expensive.
        That’s why I use bargain bin fabrics only for the Art Gowns. I can turn trash to treasure, in the artistic sense.
        Sewing has become a leisure time experience for the well to do.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        I remember when sewing our cloths was the norm. Sewing machines were essential and held a place of honour in our households. I remember wonderful times of sewing with Frances and her mother, Lettie. Material, thread, needles, thimbles,scissors – these were the necessary tools of a household. Sewing is one of the oldest textile arts, one that has been with us since ancient times. There was a time when it was more cost-effective to sew our clothes, but with the advent of fast fashion, the cost associated with home sewing has increased exponentially. What you do, Resa, is extraordinary because you see the beauty where others only see raw material. This would make an excellent podcast conversation.

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      3. Sewing was very much a part of my growing up years because of economic necessity. My mother made all of our clothes, and I made all of my daughter’s clothes until she reached high school age. I still sew my own curtains and slipcovers.

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      4. Clanmother says:

        Whenever I see threads and pieces of material scattered about a room, there is a marvelous feeling that comes over me. I still enjoy looking at pattern books and see all the possibilities that can be accomplished with a needle, thread and a machine that has that special clicking sound that speaks of fellowship around a sewing table.

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      5. I tend to find sewing therapeutic because it requires patience and deliberation to do well.

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  4. Liz says:

    The trio is back in town woo hoo! I love where you all ended up – the importance of each of us doing what is right for us as individuals. Perfect!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted you joined the conversation, Liz! You always make my day brilliant!

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    2. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad that you joined the Trio! One day, come join us for a quartet. We’re working on the possibility!

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      1. Liz says:

        Oh how marvellous – what an honour it would be to join you all xxx

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