Meditation: How we bring our life onto the cushion

2016 is probably going to be marked as the year that has seen so many upsets. From the loss of so many well known stars that we've all adored right across to the political spectrum producing shocking results.

 

One thing that's something of a constant is that voice that says, "it shouldn't be like this".

 

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Visual Meditation

This Saturday (08 October), I shall be introducing my monthly meditation group to a new meditation practice. A visual one.

 

Some may think that meditation is simply sitting - that's it.

 

Well, in essence it is, but it isn't.

 

I teach Shamatha (Calm Abiding / Shinay (Tib) meditation. Which means 'with support'.

 

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108 Minutes of Meditation

Today, Saturday 02 July, I was joined by a team of very wonderful and generous people in order to sit and meditate for a total of 108 minutes.

 

For anyone who has ever tried meditation, or meditates regularly, you will know that this is no easy feat.

 

Why 108? As our endeavours were undertaken to raise funds for the Tibet Relief Fund, the 108 is significant to the number of beads found on a mala.

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Looking at life through a coloured lens

In this week's Meditation & More session, our focus was turned to the Lojong slogan - "Three objects, three poisons, three seeds of virtue", and for this, I used some coloured masks to convey the teaching as though we are looking at life through a coloured lens. As a visual learner, I'm always looking for ways to support this, even in meditation.

 

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Retreat within your retreat

Halfway through your week at the Watermill, we shall take a retreat within your retreat to spend the day soaking up some of the amazing sights this part of Italy has to offer.

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Meditation is not a soft option

Often when we hear certain things, we immediately bring to mind an image or thought of what we know or remember. It could be a sunset - we all have our own image of what comprises a sunset, but it won't necessarily be the one that your friend is sharing with you. It could be the enjoyment of a slice of carrot cake - you remember the last slice of carrot cake you had, but it won't be the same as the one you are just about to enjoy (hopefully!)

 

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Yoga, Meditation & Wine Tasting in Italy

Tuscan Sunshine

 

September sunshine in Italy...

Gentle morning meditation to ease you into the day...

Restorative, nurturing and nourishing yoga practices to bring a deep sense of ease and relaxation...

But that’s not all – the retreat that I’ve been invited to teach – Unplug & Unwind – at the beautifully restored Watermill in Posara, offers so much more.

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The Secrets of the Spiritual Heart

“Very few people understand the heart. In truth, your heart is one of the masterpieces of creation. It is a phenomenal instrument. It has the potential to create vibrations and harmonies that are far beyond the beauty of pianos, strings or flutes. You can hear an instrument, but you feel your heart. And if you think that you feel an instrument, it’s only because it touched your heart. Your heart is an instrument made of extremely subtle energy that few people come to appreciate”

[The Untethered Soul – Michael A Singer p49 / Noetic Books]

 

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