This is our 37th week of On-Line Meditation.
There are three important aspects to meditation….
We focus our attention so that we can let go of those distractions that keep popping up in our mind. Distractions are natural and we can never get rid of them completely but they are a waste of energy. With concentration, when we are in the present moment we are restored, refreshed.
I’m not prescriptive about method but I find concentrating on the breath to be helpful.
You might have your own way. If it works, good for you!
I pay attention to each in-and-out breath, and when my mind wanders, and it does constantly, I just let go of the thought and return to the breath concentration. Importantly I never try to beat myself up if I lose concentration.
It is complimentary to meditation as it can be practised without the need for interior concentration. You can walk the street mindfully striving to be in the moment connecting with life around you. You can observe your thoughts and feelings avoiding knee-jerk responses for a more truthful reaction to what’s going on in the present.
Be assured that if you live your life practising regularly and making mindfulness part of your everyday routine your degree of compassion or capacity to love will be greatly enhanced. We are better able to see people clearly as the transformation that takes place in our life effects our family, friends and everyone we meet. It provides us with a gateway to loving others.
And now let’s meditate in the fashion that you are accustomed. You might like to dedicate this meditation practice to those affected by the pandemic or you might have some other worthy intention.
(Meditate for up to 20 minutes.)
As we go about our daily activities I hope that by our attention, our awareness in the present, we will find joy in the midst of the losses brought about during this pandemic.