Mini Practise Idea

10th August 2019

This was our fifth session at Broad Oak Village Hall

We tried out a mini practise session and then discussed..

We practised our normal Sitting Meditation and Walking Meditation.

and then tea… 

Breath by breath...

This is a new idea, it might not work but we will try.

Breath by breath just focus on the start of the body section. Then we will see how everyone found it.

If you are finding the practise again section helpful you could hit this button too.

LetGo

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

TNH


The beginning of the beginning

I can’t get this song out of my head.

So we try to focus on the very beginning

A very good place to start

Prepare

This may seem like it is not part of the meditation at all but like all first steps it is very important.

We are trying to transition from ‘Crazy awake and running around the world’ mode to ‘Sitting and meditating’ mode. And we only have one minute to do it!!

The key parts are 

  • Focus (dont think) on breathing & calm down.
  • Let your body finds its own place of rest. You dont have to make anything happen.
  • Check you are safe and comfortable; you will be here for 15 minutes
  • Keep that back straight – Don’t slouch. I am not being a fitness trainer, it is just more comfortable in the long run.
  • Commit yourself to spending the next 15 minutes in awareness.
    • If there is a lot buzzing around your mind you can say ‘OK I promise I will get to you but I need the next 15 minutes to myself’ 

Contact

Eyes close – we really are going to start meditating….

Quick check-in with the breath – In breath; Out breath “Oh yes I remember this”

Focus on being sat in the chair or the soles of your feet.

“Yep, I am definitely sitting in this chair…”

If thinking is bothering you you can even think about the soles of your feet or your bottom. Remember, we can only really think about one thing at any given moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathing pt 1

Focus back on the breath. The sensation of the breath. Wherever feels OK. 

Sometimes the tip of your nose as the air comes in, sometimes the back of your throat, the middle of your chest, your diaphragm, tummy…  Try different places out if you want, something will work.

If it is really hard put the palm of your hand on your tummy and feel your arm/hand moving in & out.

All that you are focused on is this sensation. In and out. Just that, nothing else (I have made my point)

Consider your motivation…

“Hmmm…. why am I even trying to do this?”

Don’t give up but be honest with yourself. No one will notice, only you.

How we look at ourselves

Play Video

The Model

This film (it’s a bit long at 30 minutes, sorry) explains the first part of the techniques and ideas we are learning for our sitting meditation.

It is helpful as a recap or an introduction.

This might seem a lot to it at the beginning but with regular practice it will become very familiar. 

Remember just like swimming we are not gong to dive in and do lengths on day one. There is much kicking and paddling to do first.

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