Meditation quickly reveals to us our tendency to live in a state of movement and distraction, chewing on thoughts of our past, our present and our future. Steve Hagan says in his book, ‘Meditation Now or Never’ that our minds are like a television permanently turned on; mental commercials and soap operas all of our own making. The mind of a child is open, curious, unhindered and unpresuming. This is already the mind of meditation. The undisciplined mind is easily agitated, nervous, wanting, fearful, preoccupied, impatient, scattered and confused. In meditation we learn to care for our minds, breaking patterns of unloving thought. We begin to see what we’ve been ignoring…ourselves, already equipped with love, peace, happiness and the resiliency to experience everything.
Meditation is not about striving, or attaining. It’s about surrendering to our habitual patterns, allowing them to dissolve so that we may experience the here and now before we make anything of it. Meditation is an ongoing process with refinements to cultivate and maintain a quiet interest in what’s taking place at any moment that you are in. Meditation is being one thing and being it completely. When practiced sincerely, meditation can transfer into any activity in your life.
Meditation starts with self-understanding. See your unserving patterns in the floodlight of awareness first, then can you begin to let them go.
Contemplate your thoughts:
slow moving/fast moving
based on the past, present or future
The Yoga Sutra of Patangali, the well-known source for the practice of yoga discusses the false identification of thoughts is the root of all misery. Our conscious is the backdrop for thought to exist. When we are naturally lured into the depths of meditation can we begin to experience our thoughts as a surface phenomenon. The problem with our thoughts is that we believe them. When we believe our negative thoughts, then we infuse our feelings and behaviours with the quality we’ve given them. Meditation allows us to create space between our conscious and thought, then we are in choice of whether we feel and act based on our thoughts or not.
YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY CANNOT HARM YOU AS MUCH AS YOUR OWN UNGUARDED THOUGHTS – BUDDHA
- Meditation is the practice of bringing absolute focus to our natural breathing while being a non-judgmental witness to our thoughts and/or rising feelings.
- Every time we witness ourselves grabbing onto thoughts, we draw our attention back to the rise and fall of our breath. This is the practice of meditation.
- When we witness our thoughts without giving them attention do they begin to unravel and dissolve, leaving a quieter mind.
- When we grab onto thoughts through giving them our attention to process/analyze then meditation has stopped.
- Our thoughts are often illusions, our thoughts fuel our feelings. If we tend to think in a negative frame then likely we are experiencing uncomfortable, unpleasant feelings and vice versa.
- Posture is important to generate a long fluid flow of breath from the base of the stomach up to the back of the throat in the front and back body. A dear friend gave me this visualization for full body breathwork: pretend, imagine or make believe that your inhale is pulling up from the tips of your toes all the way up the front of the body pooling at the top of your head. Pretend, imagine or make believe that your exhale falls slowly from the top of your head down to your heels.
- Deepening our breath automatically calms the central nervous system, allowing us to experience rest, relaxation and clarity of thought.
- Like starting anything new, practice is what allows activities to become easier. This is the same for meditation.
-buddhify yourself with awareness-
‘What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.’ -Helen Keller