Affirmation: I avoid all thoughts that weaken me.
People I know use meditation to create this sense of peace, others use prayer. Many in the catholic faith say the Rosary, a set of Our Fathers and Hail Marys that are repeated over and over while moving one’s fingers along a set of beads. Many meditators finger beads called mala beads while they repeat their mantras.
My walks take me around Apex Lake, a beautiful path close to my home. I’ve walked it for over twenty years and often use the quiet time to say the Rosary. I dedicate each decade (a group of ten Hail Marys and one Our Father) to a specific group of people; my family and friends, my church group, the support people in my life, all those special intentions I have in my heart, our military and their loved ones and our world leaders. (I figure they could use all the help they can get with the condition of the world today.) As soon as I lied down for my radiation treatment after that first session with John, I was no longer anxious. I was on that path around Apex Lake! The sun shimmered on the water, the geese and ducks called out, the great Blue Herons stood perfectly still in the water, people nodded and said, “Good Morning!” and I was calm and all was well.