Awoke this morning, to the sound of gentle rain; sitting in an upright position, with my back against the head of the bed, I settled in to listen. Focusing attention on the sound of rain on the roof, and then on the garden, back and forth, just listening. Noting when I got caught up in thought, and gently bringing myself back to awareness of the rain. Simply listening …
This book is the only book I’ve ever come across that has left me speechless and in awe. In all fairness, some of that probably has something to do with the author’s exquisite water colour illustrations (which I just love), coupled with his inquiry into the art of happiness by coming home to self, by awakening from our constructed stories; a meditator’s dream. The book has a subtle wit, beauty, and I keep coming back to it …
Body Scan Meditation is one of my favourite meditations and I think it’s a good one for people with anxiety. Why? Much of our anxiety shows up as muscle tension, although often we don’t realise just how tense we are.With this meditation, scan each part of the body starting at the feet and working your way up, but you can go the other way, head to toes.When I started using this practice I took it slowly and did short sessions. In doing so, over time something opened up. Now when I do it, I give myself plenty of time and regularly achieve deep relaxation, but it took a while to get to this stage.
Whatever practice you choose, you don’t have to rush it. (Note: if you have severe anxiety you may want to consult with a professional before embarking on this practice).
Sitting With The World – such a beautiful sentiment isn’t it? When I’m out of sorts with the world, when nothing seems to be going right, I sit to this practice and allow everything just to be and, more often than not, equilibrium is restored …As you sit, just sit with the world, with whatever is there, all of the arisings and passings away in your mind, body, and environment. As you notice sights and sounds, thoughts and feelings, memories and anticipations, relax into them. Relax your mind and body. Actively do nothing. Make no efforts. Just sit, just be, at least for now.
Let go of all of the things that frantically direct your day-to-day existence: me, him, her, past, future, plans, desires, aversions, hopes, goals, concerns, anticipations, fears, everything. Don’t grasp at any of these things, don’t resist any of them. Just sit with whatever is there. Things naturally settle this way, and the mind comes to peace.
The mentality is this. There is nowhere that you need to go, nothing that you need to achieve, no one that you need to be. Those ideas are illusions, fabrications of the mind. You are complete and whole where you are, just sitting with the world.
Try it, don’t try to make anything happen, just sit like a king or a queen and let whatever will be, just be ..
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