Many ways to meditate.

Many ways to meditateOne of my favorite meditation teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh says this:

 

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. 

Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

 

 

 

I have 2 main ways that I meditate.

I use a basic Buddhist style seated meditation, where you just sit with as comfortable, and aligned a posture as you can, lower your gaze, consciously turn your attention to your breath, and then just…sit.

If thoughts come up, I put them in a cloud and let them float away, without judgement, without following the story, just float away.

Sometimes, I get moments where the thought clouds slow down, and the space between them grows.  This is so nice.  I tell my clients though, that the space isn’t the meditating, it’s the process of returning anytime you notice your attention has wandered.

The other kind of mediation I do is “in the moment meditation”.

Just noticing the moments.  And in any given moment deciding to slow down my mental space, take some deep breaths, widen my perspective, take in the world through my heart, my belly, and a sense of connectedness.

You can do this doing the dishes, at stop lights, in the shower…this is my hit, my dose, the thing that reminds me we are up to something BIG here as humans on this planet, and there’s a lot of love around.

That undeniable love (and yes, it is perceptible even in the darkness!) is fuel.

 

 

This practice gives you a mental stability.  The kind you need to dive into the darkness.

 

A conscious body practice of mindful movement applies that open perspective and mental focus to physical movement.

It can be any kind of movement.  Yoga, running, kitchen dancing, being deliberate in how you get out of bed in the morning.

 

Notice the sensations you feel.

Tune into what muscles you’re using.  Feel how you are breathing.

Play and experiment with your alignment and posture.

Take it all in, be in the moment.

 

Again, see if you can experience this without judgement or following stories, just BE MOVED.

 

 

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