Cleansing, Healing Power of Water

The Cleansing, Healing Power of Water

 

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Cleansing, Healing Power of Water

 

What do you love about having a shower?

Is it a daily experience for you?

Take a moment the next time you are in the shower to really feel the water on your skin. Experience the cleansing power of the water as it rushes over your skin. Washing away the days’ dirt.

When we sit in meditation we get a chance to “wash” away our mental “dirt”.

Whenever we react to someone’s words or actions with negativity we are building up the stock of mental impurities that keep us in the cycle of death and rebirth, according to the Buddha.

Can you make a commitment to sitting in meditation each day to help purify your mind?

 

 

Water is Very Cleansing

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water is very cleansing

 

Water is very cleansing. And it can be very healing.

As this water rushes downhill it takes small bits of debris and dirt with it.

It’s a very similar process to meditating: the bits of mental dirt and debris of our many daily reactions to life get washed away as we sit quietly developing one-pointed focus.

Sometimes as we sit to meditate there is great agitation in the mind. And we feel like running away. But if we can simply observe this agitation, if we can accept the turmoil in the mind, and continue to bring our minds to our chosen focus, the mind will gradually slow down. And you may experience peace and calm.

But the purpose is not the peace and calm.

The purpose is to purify the mind and your willingness to sit calmly and do the practice is a measure of your commitment to your ultimate happiness.

Be gentle with yourself.

What’s that old saying: “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

Feeling the Mist on Your Face

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Look into this photo – Can you feel the mist on your face?

Does this feel pleasurable? Or do you find yourself reacting to the wetness?

Tuning into our bodily sensations is a great way to calm our minds. Observe the feeling. Notice how it changes over time. For how long can you sit with this simple image and the sensations it produces?

Can you sit and allow your mind to slow down, taking you into a calm, meditative state?

 

 

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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Who Am I?

 

We can get very “bent out of shape” by life.

Trauma, grief, conflict, relationship breakdowns, experiencing abuse can be very challenging. Sometimes we feel like giving up.

These challenges often get us thinking “Why me?”

But we believe that the greater question to ask is “Who Am I?”

Sitting quietly contemplating our life and the suffering we sometimes feel can help us to come to new understandings. What are the lessons you have learned? Do you know yourself more deeply as a result of your life experiences?

 

The power of observation

The Power of Observation

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The power of observation

 

Our practice in meditation is to OBSERVE. But you’ll soon discover that the mind likes to comment on everything.

In Mindfulness practice we are training the mind to stay focused on one thing. There is a story in the discourses of the Vipassana 10-day meditation courses that we have attended over the past 20 years that goes like this:

“You invited your mind into your house to be a servant and it has taken over as master!”

So it does require practice to bring the mind under control. Even so there may be times that our agitation is so strong that it will be nearly impossible for the mind to settle. We simply OBSERVE this too. Gradually with practice there is more peace and less agitation.

Our job with meditation is to ACCEPT and not EXPECT.

 

 

This too will pass

This Too Will Pass

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This too will pass

This is a beautiful photo of a flowering gum. Some flowers have burst open, others are still to mature.

Our minds are like this: we have seeds of both purity and impurity that will mature over the course of our life.

Meditation teaches us to observe. Observe the reactions that we have when negative events occur and we are drawn into a maelstrom of emotion. They will soon pass.

Observe too the emotions we feel when the good things happen too – a trap for the mind is to crave for more of these feelings. But this too will pass.