Following the reasonably successful trial of the mini meditations. I have recorded loads for you to download!
I have split the sitting meditation into 7 steps,
and made a 5 minute mini meditation for each.
If you are finding the practise again section helpful you could hit this button too.
I described ‘Joy’ in the gata
“I am alive; I feel Joy’
This is not the joy of Christmas when you had a whole school holiday ahead of you and a pile of presents downstairs waiting to be opened. Expecting that is too much to ask. Instead here joy is simply the oppotunity for our needs to be met. Not all our needs either, maybe just some fundimental ones like having enough oxygen in our blood, enough water so we dont feel thirst. Keep it simple.
When we find ourselves in challenging times it can be very annoying to be told to feel joy like Christmas or a birthday party because we are a long way from those feelings. HOwever you can believe in the expectation of simple needs being met in this moment and probably the next few, no matter how challenging you find the world you find yourself in today.
Similarly ‘Happy’ in the gata
“I am Meditating; I am Happy”
This is not happy like party poppers and disco dancing happy, or even sunshine and flowers happy. Even if you can’t be aware of your mind today, which is my definition of meditation, you can confirm that some of your needs are being met. That might be a really simple need like I am breathing, I have enough oxygen. I have eaten today, I am not hungry. Keep it simple and the conditions for happiness are all around us.
If you have managed to glimpse your mind if only for a part of one breath then you have been meditating. It is hard and so you should pat yourself on the back because you have done it. Mind is the trickiest bit of self but with repetition those glimpses become moments and so on.
Please put as many green discs in the middle bin of the community matters collection in the Heathfield Waitrose.
Tell your friends
This week is the last chance to get a donation from them.
I have booked the hall every Saturday now throughout September.
On the first Saturday of the month I will be running an extra hour when I will start to explain the second part of the sutra.
It is only 3 more gatas but they are HUGE!
If you want to find out more then stay late on the 7th September.