One of the most helpful ways of deciding what to do with our thoughts in meditation is presented in the text Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. The instruction is to invite thoughts, but not serve them tea. I often use this explanation in live retreats and classes, and receive continuous positive feedback of its helpfulness.
Our mind remains, open, relaxed, free of tension.
We can approach our meditation with tension in the mind, and the type of meditation that we choose to practice can increase it, depending on how we are approaching the session. If our understanding of words like ‘focus’ and ‘concentrate’ is clumsy, tightness will most surely arise within our mind. The recovery and sense of relaxation which we may wish to experience in meditation will arise at the end of the practice when it is time to finish!
If we can keep our mind open and relaxed in meditation – inviting thoughts but not entertaining them, we can move into a very chilled sitting practice. We can step back from the busyness of our distracting thoughts, reduce the tension and aggression in the mind, and discover a working objectivity, that allows us to gain an insight into the functioning of our mind.
This ability to step back from our thoughts empowers us with emotional intelligence which we can benefit from in our everyday life. Strong emotions do not sway us, we can let them pass, and thereby begin to free ourselves from the power of negativity.
It’s National Grandparents Day! We can take the special opportunity to remember the kindness our Grandparents and the Grandparents across the world show and have shown us. Read more about #gratitude here
Starting tomorrow, and launching with a guided tour on Thursday, which is World Mental Health Day, I am delighted to be sharing this mindful tour with the visitors of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. I hope you can benefit from taking this opportunity to slow down and take some time out of your day to enjoy the calm beneath the busyness of distracting thoughts.
On this special day Germany celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, an event which ended almost forty years of division. We share with you these Mindspace Guided Meditations in German.
Six years ago in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India I spent one month in a school sharing and practicing mindful meditation methods with staff and students – exploring the best ways to introduce these essential trainings into a child’s life.
We begin by bringing our attention into the present and grounding ourselves.
Imagining all the tension in our body drains down into the ground.
Gradually over time we take the opportunity to let go of the stress and pressure in our head.
As we breathe out we let go of the tension in our head, and as we breathe in we allow our head to rest, our mind to relax, and our body to become comfortable.
Meditation Retreats in Cannock Chase
Welcome to the Autumn season
6.15pm: Mindspace+, Guide to the Grateful Way of Life and Book Launch. 7.30pm: Mindful Beginners - Week 1: Mindful Listening
The cornerstone for gaining the most from this book is taking time each day for quiet reflection. Reflection on gratitude helps to identify this precious mind and encourage its growth and development. Through integrating our experience from quiet reflection into our daily life, we become fluent with this positive mental attitude and acquire confidence and power to effect authentic change.
Dear friends, I hope that you have had a great time over the summer The new Mindspace term starts week beginning September 16th, online, and in all live locations, coinciding with the launch of the new book, Guide to the Grateful Way of Life. Bookings for the...