Let me remind readers of the aims of this website and blog. Put simply, my aim is to bring you some of the benefits of the practice of meditation. So, certainly, there is a teaching element involved that consists of learning how to hold the body and still the mind through techiniques of breathing.
However, if teaching these things were my sole objective, then that could be achieved through fairly straightforward instruction. As we head towards the 4th week of the daily blog, it is time to consider why the instruction element of the blog is accompanied by a series of reflections.
The reason is that the habit of reflection is fundamental to the meditative posture. The ability to focus reflectively is part of the process and also one of the goals of meditation. In order to understand this further, consider the following 3 ways of ‘doing’ meditation.
- The first is the act of bringing our attention to the present moment. We do this by regulating the breath, stilling the body and calming the mind.
- The second way of meditating is akin to traditional forms of prayer. This is where we focus our attention on a thing of value, such as the well-being of family and friends or the ability of our body to heal itself.
- A third way to meditate is when we find ourselves confronting one of life’s big questions, and we turn our attention inward to the well-spring of creativity that is within us all. We adopt what might be called a listening heart. This type of meditation is characterized by the spirit of patience. Over time, this third path to meditation has the capacity to free us from the illusion that we are powerless in the face of pain or difficulty.
Please note that, while I have separated these 3 ways for the purpose of analysis, they are inextricably linked. Meditation, looked at holistically, is the act of being fully present in the moment, and the recognition that it is possible to be in touch with the collective store of human wisdom with an immediacy which is restorative and peaceful.
In the next few days, I will return to the power of image and the importance of reflection. For today, please hold this in mind as you enjoy the image of the pomegranates:
You will not find a pear growing on a pomegranate tree
in that respect, you are akin to the pomegranate tree.CGK