A little late sitting to meditation this morning, but it was still worth it …
The deep stillness we seek does not arise because the world is still, or the mind is quiet. Stillness is nourished when we allow things to be just as they are for now, in this moment, breath by breath.
~ Mark Williams
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One of my favourite ways of pressing pause to manage stress and tension throughout the day – 7 Deep Breaths, a spot meditation from Matt Young over at Melbourne Meditation Centre. The biggest challenge? Remembering to do it …
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“The secret to living mindfully. Just don’t breathe a word of it …”
There are a couple of reasons that tempted me into buying the little book, The Art of Breathing. Firstly, the name appealed and also the author has an excellent reputation within the field of mindfulness. I think too, I fell for the look of it, the gorgeous blue cover and the smaller than average size. But the content of the book does not disappoint. In fact there is a light hearted joyfulness to it which is sometimes missing in meditation and mindfulness books. In no way does the joyfulness detract from the underlying message of mindfulness or the different techniques outlined.
Without giving anything away, the opening chapter of this book is breathtaking and drew me in at the outset. The other gift in this book for me is its conciseness, its ease of reading.
Dr Danny Penman – The Art of Breathing
“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.”
~ Charlotte Eriksson
Charlotte Eriksson, The Glass Child
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The author’s personal story of depression and anxiety and subsequent journey into mindfulness is presented with raw honesty and wisdom, and will resonate with many experiencing the same challenges. There are also clear instructions for a range of meditation practices.
In a world where meditation and mindfulness have become rather commercialised and surrounded by hype, Ed Halliwell’s book is a breath of fresh air. He talks about the hard yards of meditation and the fact that even after fifteen years of practice he still has occasional relapses. These relapses are met with mindfulness and as time goes by are decreasing in length and power.
A couple of the take home messages for me are his observations “… that I was a normal human being experiencing normal human suffering (and reacting to it unskilfully) … ” and also to “… be with whatever is happening …
Ed Halliwell – Into the Heart of Mindfulness
Sitting With The World – my favourite practice …
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.
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