Tethering

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

BREATHING OUT

BREATHING IN

YOU ARE TETHERED

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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.

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