‘If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.’
Frank A Clark
Light cannot see inside things.
That is what the dark is forJohn O’Donohue – For Light
There are many ways to meditate. Meditation has grown in popularity alongwith different approaches to and accessibility to meditation. Meditation apps, meditation books, YouTube channels, courses, classes …
In yoga, meditation is a process that leads to enlightenment or a moment of complete absorption possibly liberation There are three stages to this journey:
Most people know that meditation is beneficial but knowing and doing are two different things. I recommend having a look at Andy Puddicombe’s book. It’s accessible and relevant to everyone who has or wants to establish a meditation practice.
For some people sitting quietly is all that is needed, for others meditation while walking or even exercising feels more doable.
During lockdown I opened different meditative spaces. If you think a group would offer you support to begin or maintain a practice, you would be welcome to join one of these groups. You do not need to make a long term commitment, you could just come to one meeting. But I would encourage you to commit time to finding what works with you and when you think you’ve found it, stick with it for a while. Staying with a meditation practice is often the hardest part
I feel I ought to be clear that I am not a meditation teacher. I am a yoga teacher, reiki teacher and human being who practices meditation – with mixed success. I do not always appreciate the effect of my practice but if I lapse I really notice the difference in the connection and response to my world.
Meditation is not zoning out but active engagement to allow the mind to become focused and clear. If we are lucky, most of us experience this in fleeting moments. Perhaps by working together we can cultivate the conditions to allow this to occur more often and to be aware when it does. If the mind does not become clear, that’s ok. Noticing the busyness is meditation.