Three tasks for today
THE FIRST TASK is to create a quiet space for meditation. Consider these things:
You are building a space that is both internal and external.
The external aspect should be beautiful, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Keep objects simple but meaningful to you, they should be restful to the eye of your imagination.
The angle of the light is important:
the soft glow of a lamp in a shaded room,
a window facing East will be perfect for early morning meditation
light from the West will bathe you as evening turns to dusk.
As far as possible, choose a quiet place
However, please remember that meditation is not an attempt to shut out the world.
It is a way of rooting yourself more deeply and compassionately IN the world.
SO YOU MUST BUILD YOUR INTERNAL SPACE
calmness of mind
compassion for your own frailty
an awareness of the connectedness of all things
the destiny of one is the destiny of all
NO THING IS SINGLE
THE SECOND TASK is to become aware of your breathing.
In the beginning, it is better not to try a range of different breathing techniques.
What is more important is to attend to each inhalation and exhalation gratefully.
THE THIRD TASK follows from your gently measured breath, for, as you settle,
you will be less and less tempted to follow every thought that comes into your mind.
Acknowledge each wandering thought, then let it go and return to your breathing.
NOW STAY WITH THIS PEACE
BE AWARE THAT IT COMES FROM DEEP WITHIN YOU
LET YOUR PEACE FLOW OUTWARD TO THE WORLD
YOU ARE TETHERED
Please see a new poem under FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Let’s start discussions with our children about how to build a more compassionate world post-Covid.