2020-02-05: Practice Note
1:24PM Jun 21, 2020
To say, just a brief thing about the meditation practice. You might associate with meditation with something like calm or being peaceful or being mindful, maybe being somehow contented. There's many kind of emotions or feelings, attitudes that people associated with it. And if you have such a thing, one of the things you might do is search around in your body. Is there any place in your body that you associate with those states, or those feelings? Is there someplace in your body associated with the calm or with being stable or steady, being grounded with being clear and alert to what's happening? We're feeling contented. Don't look for all of them. But you might see if one of them might be accessible as a small, maybe even a small, little, tiny location where that feeling resides. And then as you meditate, have that as a reference point, almost like you're breathing through it or as you stay mindful with your breathing, it's almost like the bellows are blowing a gentle wind across the embers of that place. Or if you're walking meditation, you might just stay a little bit close connected to that, again, as if the walking is somehow massaging it and supporting it. And the reason one of the reasons why I can be helpful to do this is when people have a strong tendency to view the world view themselves. Focus on what is wrong and what is difficult and what's hard about their experience. We often have this kind of like blinders on to kind of selecting that out more than everything else. And not that we're trying to deny that that happens. But there's a whole different way of being present for the full range of who we are. If we have a kind of an anchor, or a touchstone, in someplace inside that feels kind of like a nice place. And maybe, for you What a nice places to be different than the kind of things I have listed there. But see if you can find a nice place, even if it's a teeny little square centimeter of a place inside. That's a nice place to kind of be rooted, anchored, tethered to connected to, and maybe that supports the mindfulness and makes it easier and makes it a little bit more opening and relaxing than it is to when your mind is tethered to all the problems that there are all the difficulties and things like that. So I hope you enjoy the morning.