protecting your meditation practice

Protecting Your Meditation Practice

 

Meditation Tip

Protecting Your Meditation Practice

 

When you are new to meditation your practice is like a seedling that needs regular water and sunlight.

Just as we protect ourselves from the sun in summer, so too should we understand that to get real and ongoing benefit from meditation we must practice regularly.

Ian and I have been meditating for many years and to new students of meditation we recommend the following:

  • Have a daily practice
  • Set a timer and stay to the end
  • Meditate in the same place in the house, if possible
  • Don’t judge your meditation. Remember to give yourself a pat on the back for keeping up your practice
  • Try not to have expectations. A good saying is to “Accept, not expect”
  • Meditate with others, if possible
  • Read about the benefits of meditation so you can stay inspired when the going gets tough.

Will you make time to practice today?

 

 

Pathway to Inner Peace and Happiness

Pathway to Inner Peace and Happiness

 

Meditation Tip

What does meditation do for us?

 

pathway to inner peace and happiness

 

Above the temple to Apollo, in ancient Greece was the saying “Know Thyself”

Meditation takes us on an inward journey. The pathway leads to inner peace and happiness because it helps us to know ourselves. Along the way it helps us to release mental and emotional baggage, as well as belief systems and mindsets that no longer serve us. It clears past trauma, as well, from the body-mind.

A regular mindfulness meditation practice purifies the mind. A pure mind is more joyful, less reactive and has access to the inner well of peace that we all have.

Can you make the time to practice today?

Our 6-week Meditation and Relaxation class begins on 4th April from 7 to 9pm. Book here

 

Nurture the seedling

Nurture the seedling

 

Meditation Tip

Nurture the seedling

 

Our son gave us this avocado tree last Christmas that he had grown from a seed.

Our summers can be very hot. Our soil is mainly clay and the seedling did not survive.

Small plants need constant vigilance to survive in summer. They need daily water and even shade in extreme heat.

When we are new to meditation, our practice is like a very small seedling. It too needs constant vigilance and support.

Just as we protect a new seedling so to do we need to ‘protect’ and support our meditation practise.

One way we can do this is to have a regular time and place for our daily ‘sitting’. When we do this we are helping to retrain our minds by developing a new habit. A habit that is positive and will lead to a happier, more peaceful life.

We need to make a commitment to practice regularly and then stick to that. This is especially true even when we don’t “feel” like it.

Good habits take time to develop. Just as bad habits take time and diligence to change.

 

 

Incense sticks

Incense Sticks

 

Meditation Tip

Incense sticks

 

Can you see that these are incense sticks all drying in the outside air?

Incense has been used for centuries to clear negative energy and instil a contemplative atmosphere into temples.

We are affected by negative energy. It can trigger our own stock of buried negative reactions from the past.

Meditation helps to clean up this stock of old reactions that lie unseen in our subconscious minds. These will all bring unhappiness and misery, in time.

Will you have time to meditate today?

 

 

Meditation washes the mind!

 

Meditation Tip

Meditation washes the mind

 

Regular meditation helps the mind to clear out past emotional baggage and unhelpful belief systems.

The Buddha understood how the mind works. He taught that the mind arises and passes very rapidly. So fast that it appears to us as permanent.

He said that each new momentary mind needs ‘fuel’. Our reactions are this ‘fuel’ for our mind.

Calm observation enables this ‘fuel’ to arise from deep within the mind – and this can be past emotional reactions and belief systems. By not reacting to these as they come to the surface of the mind they can clear completely. This is the “washing” process!

Are you ready to learn to meditate?
Our Home Study Course is now available. Click here for details.

 

The flow of the mind

The flow of the mind

 

Meditation Tip

The flow of the mind

 

In meditation we are observing the flow of the mind.

Sometimes there are many thoughts that take us away from our point of focus. At other times the mind has more stillness.

With regular practice the mind becomes less reactive, and the meditator experiences more inner peace and harmony.

The research shows that 25 minutes a day can make a great difference to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Beginners Meditation and Relaxation Classes: A new 6 week course starts in Albury-Wodonga on 20 October. Read more…