During April and May 2012, I led a 8-week healing meditation group to introduce people to different meditation techniques. Each week we explore two meditations, which help us relate to different aspects of our illness and difficulties or refocus on the positive, uplifting aspects of our lives.
Quite often when I meditate or when I lead guided meditation, the emphasis is on finding a sense of release from the physical tension in the body that makes for an uncomfortable sitting or the mental agitation that keeps stirring up emotional reactions.
However, relaxation of body and mind is not the primary or only [...]
Quite a number of us come to meditation because we long for a sense of inner calmness and stillness in the midst of our very busy and often chaotic life. We may instinctively sense that this inward-directing action of meditation holds the key to unlock a source of peace and well-being within us.
It is [...]
Time passed quickly. It has been 2 months since my last post. Sounds really tragic. Just like in meditation, when we suddenly realized that a good block of time has passed since we sat down to meditate and all that we have done is daydreaming.
Right there and then, an opportunity presents itself. We can [...]
In the meditation practice of mindfulness of breathing, we bring our attention to the tactile sensations of the breath. And as we pay careful and gentle attention to it, we will notice that natural sense of relaxation and release that comes along with each out-breath.
As we breathe out, the muscles of our chest and [...]
Years and years ago, when I first picked up this weird business of meditation, I came across this pithy meditation instruction:
“Keep it simple and stick it to the present.”
I have found the “keep it simple” part very useful, especially when the present moment is throwing up some really awful stuff for [...]
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