Hmmm

1st February 2020

This was our twentieth session at Broad Oak Village Hall.

Cliff picked the next obstacle out of the bag; Doubt

We practised the Sitting Meditation and also our Walking Meditation.

and then we all had tea  …

Doubt

We talked about Doubt. The opposite idea I suggested was Clarity. This is some of what we said…

In meditation we can not look at a demonstration of what ‘correct’ practise looks like. 

Consequently we can often ask ‘Am I doing this right?’. I guess a simple response to that is well at least you are doing something. 

We experience meditation rather than do it and so if your direct experience feels beneficial, no matter how others are doing it, it must be right.

The thought ‘Am I doing this right?‘ is just a thought like any other. We can observe that thought and not buy into it. The feeling of fear ‘I am sure this is wrong‘ is just an emotion like any other and we can just observe that too.

Practise again

Thank you for your ongoing support

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Maybe

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. 

“Maybe,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbours again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

“Maybe,” answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbours congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.

Enjoy silence.

Well Done Jo & Mel

I was really glad to hear that you both tried the silent challenge.

I remember both my girls riding their bicycles with stabilisers saying ‘Why do I need to take them off?’ When they did, they realised a new sense of freedom. 

Why don’t you try the silent meditation track in the Library? There will be a few wobbles but nothing you can’t handle. 

Freedom awaits…

There are steps for set up, preparation and the scan followed by the sutra, which is …

 

I am breathing in

I am breathing out

My breathing is natural

My breathing is soft

I am aware of my whole body

I calm my body

I am aware of my feelings

I calm my feelings

I am Alive

I am free

I am aware of my mind

I calm my mind

I am meditating

I am content

Good Luck

Next session is Saturday 8th February 2020

Followed by the 15th, 22nd, 29th February …

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