Sound of Silence

29th February 2020

This was our twenty fourth session at Broad Oak Village Hall.

We discussed virology and making time to meditate;

Then we all practised a Silent Meditation and the Walking Meditation.

and then we all had tea  …

Facing Armageddon

We discussed the hype about Covid 19 and how much time people were spending reading and worrying about it. We are still more likely to die travelling on the roads than from this threat but the Terror of Armageddon is enticing.

So maybe we should have a good think about it. By contemplating our death, we can realise…

  • We are still alive right now, waiting until tomorrow is too late.
  • We are very unlikely to be able to predict when death will happen .
  • We can not negotiate with death when it comes.

Rather than being a morbid subject, facing the inevitable end can free us from Anxiety and Fear.

At least spend less time reading about virology and instead; practise.

If you want to explore this a bit more have a read of Thay’s discourse on ‘The Better way of Living Alone‘ sutra.

Inspiration awaits …

Practise again

This week we practised silent mediation. 

We all managed it one way or another and I encourage you to try it again.

Thank you for your ongoing support

A Guide to Nothing

Start Silence

When you first step over to practising the silent meditation it can be a bit daunting. However, like taking off those bicycle training wheels, it is liberating and really the only way to go forward.

This is also where you start guiding yourself and as we saw this week. There is no ‘right’ way of practising meditation. You know you are doing it right when you start to practise regularly.

The Silent Meditation track

This ‘track’ is just a resource to help you transition from a guided meditation to sitting in silence.

The following is an explanation to the sounds you will hear…

  • The track begins with inviting the Big Bell which lasts about one minute. 
  • During this time we practise the preparation step.
  • This is followed by a ‘Tap’ to move to the contact step and so on through each step of the normal guided meditation.
  • If you want to stick to the steps ‘in order’ it might help to quickly read them before you start. Very soon you will come to see that you know them.
  • You might worry, “what is the next step” and that thought may disturb your focus. It is just another thought, let it come and go.
  • If you get completely lost, return to your In and Out Breath. You may remember the next gatha, you may not, it is not that important.
  • If you are totally lost, just open your eyes and stop. You can try again tomorrow.
  • If you have timed it right, at the end you will hear a double tap, to indicate the final step.
  • The normal bell will bring you to opening your eyes.

Next session is Saturday 7th March 2020

Followed by the 14th & 21st March

If you have enjoyed meditating as a group, tell your friends. 

Everyone is most welcome.

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