Meditative Stillness

I try to meditate for 20 minutes each morning before breakfast. In these endless days of sheltering in place, it helps but, not as much as I’m sure it could. Spoiler alert…I’m not very good.

The main reason, I drink two cups of caffein laden tea before I start, which give me the jitters. However, there are contributing factors too. For instance when my thoughts start to wonder, skittering off to some worthless but, for the moment, interesting topic, I’m slow to drag them back, preferring instead to think about what’s for breakfast than going back to dull chore of peacefully counting in and out breaths. Another reason, I always seem to have to go to the bathroom at exactly the wrong time…enough said.

I’m know there are better ways to meditate but for now, I’ll stay where I am because frankly I’d be lost without it.

The Magnificent Silence Between Thoughts

The silence between the bumps and burbles of our “monkey” mind’s endless river of thoughts contains the universe. We sometimes (but very rarely) feel its presence during meditation.

As we sit in our homes during this lockdown period, separated from all familiar routines, the stardust of our being is a little easier access.

Morning Break (Possibly From Thinking)

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These photographs were taken about 5 minutes apart this morning as I was on my way to get groceries. I’m struck by how deep in thought both these women seem to be. Yet how can one be sure? Sometimes we just turn off our minds for a moment and enjoy the stillness within. 

Meditation helps. It’s worth practicing.

 

 

Lake Zafu

P1080340-EditsmallI try to take some time out of each day to just sit down and be still. It sounds simple but it’s not. Our minds are always hopping around, judging, comparing, remembering and planning.

Real peace and happiness comes from finding that place where our ego gets out of the way so we can sit quietly and just be.