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’.
Support means using various means to help focus and train the mind. The mind is a slippery character and really doesn’t like to be guided away from it’s normal routine – endless thoughts; constant dialogue about how good / bad something is. Heaven forbid it runs out of material, it’s always got the ‘rehash button’ – this is where you get to relive all those things that have gone before (normally those that bring up some kind of negative emotion).
So, support is necessary – to begin with.
It’s also important to offer various options within meditation as it is not a one-size-fits-all. Some are quite content sitting watching the breath. Others may fair a little better with the silent repetition of a mantra. It’s about finding the meditation that suits the person, rather than imposing something that simply brings more discomfort and suffering (hey, isn’t that what we’re supposed to be reducing?)
Meditation…take another look.
Classes run in #Watford once a month on a Saturday morning from 10.00 to 11.30am.
Find out more here: Claire Murphy Yoga & Meditation
[Image: Copyright Hazel Haddock 2014 – image may not be reproduced under any circumstances]