People often assume because they can’t quiet their mind that they can’t meditate.
This erroneous assumption is often associated with an expectation of what meditation is supposed to be like. Sadly, this often leaves one with a feeling of failure or inadequacy or a belief that it’s just not for me. It is a common but widespread illusion that can deter people from continuing this profoundly nurturing spiritual practice that offers so many health and wellbeing benefits, let alone the magnificent awakening of true self.
EVERYONE CAN MEDITATE!
Our conditioning is such that we identify with mind believing that is who we are. You have a mind, but you are not your mind. The awakened self can totally recognise this. It is the part within each of us that is unaffected by life’s events.
Mind is always wanting something other than what is – some kind of stimulus– more media, more food, more shopping, more distraction. If we can sit with that discomfort or boredom – just observing, allowing, curious, not judging, a shift begins to happen. With a gently and kindly attitude a space and a new awareness begins to emerge. Instead of being lost in our thoughts, we can become more conscious of our thoughts, feelings and attitudes – without engaging with them. We become the observer of mind.
The supreme intelligence of your intuitive heart, which is always trying to guide you, then has a chance to convey its message. It is when the heart and mind become coherent. When we slow down the breath the para-sympathetic nervous system is activated bringing about a feeling of relaxation. Combine that with “heart focused breathing and it will elevate your decision making and choices to a much higher level of effectiveness”. HeartMath Institute https://www.heartmath.org
Heart Focused Breathing.
Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area. Breathing a little slower and deeper than usual, breathe in for 5 or 6 seconds and breathe out for 5 or 6 seconds. Continue this for about one minute.
Next Introduction to Mediation and Mindfulness 6 week course starts 10th October 2019.