STEPS TO MEDITATION

PAUSE BEFORE FLYING





Here, you will find the steps to meditation

that we have started during the last three weeks of this blog.

For the sake of clarity,

I will present these as 3 steps:

CLEARING A SPACE

ATTENTION TO BREATH

FOCUSING OUR THOUGHTS

CLEARING A SPACE

Your meditation space should have all the qualities that you associate with peacefulness

  • Small is beautiful
  • Small and uncluttered is best
  • The objects before your eyes ought to have personal significance.
  • The light that falls on your body should be soft.
  • If you cannot have silence in this space, then learn to adjust to external noise
  • Trust that you will learn to do this.

ATTENTION TO BREATH

  • Settle your body so that it does not hinder your attention
  • Keep your spine as straight as possible
  • Relax your neck and feel that your head is gently supported
  • Rest your hands on your knees, palms upwards or downwards as you choose
  • Feel a sense of thankfulness for your body
  • Have compassion for its failings
  • Celebrate its strength
  • As you inhale, imagine that you are drawing in the strength of the universe
  • As you hold your breath, imagine yourself floating
  • Then, as you exhale, return to the world all the goodness that it has given you since birth
  • As you pause before the next inhalation, trust in the fact that your breath will come as the waves of the sea return to the shore
  • Now, let your breathing become the background to your meditation

FOCUSING OUR THOUGHTS

  • You are in a safe space
  • You are connected to all living things by the inhalation and exhalation of your breath
  • One by one, thoughts will come to you
  • Like moths, they will dart before the eyes of your imagination
  • Some will disturb you with the flapping of its wings
  • Some thoughts will seduce you and you will start to follow them
  • Let them go
  • Distance yourself somewhat from the moths of your imagination
  • Moths, like thoughts, have ephemeral lives
  • Count on that
  • Let them go gently and return to your breathing
  • Inhaling
  • Holding
  • Exhaling
  • Pausing
  • Remain
  • Remain
  • Remain

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