Meditation – still the mind
My lovelies, how have you been? I’ve had the most fantastic 4 days off which I’ve spent doing exactly what I needed to and that is to tune into my inner self. Yesterday I spent a couple of hours at a Buddhist centre where we practiced Mindfulness of Breathing meditation. Many people find it difficult to meditate, it can be hard to relax and be present as our thoughts always like to take charge as they so often do and lead us in different directions. I used to be one of those people but practice and studies have changed that, I now meditate 4 times per week but hope to eventually do it daily. I am seeing the wonderful benefits of it in my life – the calm, the focus, the peace and to be honest silence can do us all good. Meditation is a great technique for noticing the patterns of thinking and acting that are blocking us from reaching our full potential. If you like to get started then may I suggest you start with 5-10 minute sessions, then increase. Also remember just like drinking water, meditation has to become a habit to feel natural. In the beginning of building a habit, our mind and body naturally revolts against this new change but with time you adapt to the new behaviour and it then becomes a routine, a healthy one. Over the next two weeks try introducing a daily meditation practice into your lives, this could be 5 minutes each day. Two weeks is enough time for your mind and body to get used to this new practice and welcome it.
I like to leave you with this poem by Buddhist monk Kalu Rinpoche. I keep repeating it to myself every day. Nothing is permanent, everything changes! I hope this brings you as much peace and comfort as it does for me.
Nothing is permanent:
The sun and the moon rise and then set,
The bright, clear day is followed by the deep,
From hour to hour, everything changes.