What can meditation do?
Change the world. One breath at a time.
We often focus on breath in meditation because:
- It’s the thing you still do when you’re not doing anything;
- It’s a way of focussing on yourself objectively and subjectively at the same time; and
- It’s something you can centre your mind on, stilling and quieting the mind.
When we focus on the breath, we also detach from our thoughts. We can’t stop the thoughts- they are what the mind produces and they always keep coming. But we can choose not to invest in them for a time, the time we set aside for meditation.
Thus, meditation is
- A conscious act of stepping outside your usual thought patterns and processes;
- An opportunity to explore other modes of consciousness of which we are not usually aware; and
- A way of putting a new perspective on our everyday life and freeing ourselves from unhelpful preconceptions
Meditation is worth doing. Nothing else which is so close to doing nothing can do so much!
If you are new to meditation, the “doing nothing” aspect can be very challenging! I can only encourage you to stick with it. Put in the time, overcome the boredom, even when you don’t feel like it’s not worthwhile- it really is. And it’s a skill; like every other skill, it takes time to master.
Be patient; be persistent. You will be rewarded in ways you have never imagined. In changing your perception of the world, one breath at a time, you change yourself. When you change yourself, you change the world. One breath at a time.
Meditation: 2pm Sundays
Yoga: 6.30 pm Thursdays