Day 5 of the Feast
Dear One,

Each day, thousands of people visit Sedona, Arizona from all over the world looking for something. What are they looking for? Did they hear how glorious the red rocks are? Did they hear about the vortexes? What is it? Maybe they are coming for something they can't capture with a camera. Maybe they are coming to find inner peace. Do they know they don't have to come to Sedona, that in fact, they can find it sitting right where they are? You can, too.

I remember the first day I learned to meditate almost three decades ago. I felt something I had never felt before. I felt a sense of being at home. I wasn't at home though. I was in a brownstone in the center of Washington D.C. in a tiny room with white walls with a man who taught me to meditate. Somehow, the meditation practice brought me home. Has that happened for you?

Home is a feeling I get when I meditate. And I hope you do too. You don't have to travel anywhere to get it. You don't have to be especially gifted or brilliant to embody it. No matter who you are, there is, at your core, an unshakable peace, a solid center point of calm, one that you can access anytime. It's inside you. And meditation helps you to realize it.
Thank you for putting your spirituality first during this time of deep practice. I am practicing with you.

Here's to peace inside and out.

Love, Sarah

Sarah McLean
Director, Feast for the Soul, Inc.
Sedona, Arizona
Meditation Teacher Highlight
On Day 5, I'm sharing one of my favorite meditation practices. I'll offer simple guidelines on the ease of meditation, and lead you into a body awareness practice. This meditation is great for anyone, especially the newbie. Enjoy!

Spiritual Practice Tip
Training the brain. With meditation, you'll get distracted. It happens to everyone. Yes, you'll get "off topic." Once you notice this, your job is to refocus your attention to the object of your meditation. This refocusing interrupts the constant flow of thoughts, reactions, and distractions and, eventually, this refocusing trains your brain to be less triggered by-and less attached to-your mental musings. It’s almost as if you somehow say to your mind, “Thank you for sharing,” and return to your practice.

Eventually, you begin to experience subtler levels of your mental activity. When your thoughts settle down, you soon dive into the silence and peace that is the backdrop of the thoughts. Thoughts might even seem to stop for a time. It’s a natural experience which happens by itself when you commit to practicing regularly.
Living the Feast
Many people act as if life is an emergency. I like to remember it isn't. If you are like me, you might catch yourself rushing when there is not good reason for it.

Is there really an emergency?

I have learned to slow down and to do one thing at a time. Try it. Move a little slower than usual. Drive the speed limit. Get up from your chair more deliberately, eat more slowly, walk more mindfully — you’ll find that this helps ease any tension, brings your attention back to the present moment, and relaxes your mind and body.

When you are relaxed, peace is more present. And slow and steady wins.
Today, bring your attention to the gentle in and out flow of your breath. Whether you take a moment while brewing your coffee or while waiting for someone, you can do this easily. Your breath is a terrific anchor to the natural rhythm of life.
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