Recently, I was drawn to remind the participants of the current Being With All That Is ongoing group, that if they are moved to make the worldly story better-and there is nothing wrong with that!-how helpful a regular meditation and self-healing practice is, however simple. The beginning of the day is a good time and if not, the end of the day is also potent. In the appearance, at these times the world is a little less fast paced and a little more still and silent.
Catch those moments as ‘you’ move from sleep into awakeness. Begin to notice how ‘you’ might begin to re-construct an identity and remember what ‘you’ ‘have’ to do today. Seeing through all this is a good start to dissolving your sense of limited choice.
This first waking time is a time of day when you might be more open to seeing through your everyday roles, and your assumptions about ‘what kind of person’ you are. These remembered identities and assumptions are not true! nor can they confine you or diminish the essence of what is.
Perhaps experiment with not putting the radio or tv on when you make breakfast. Perhaps ask your family to share being in silent time for a few minutes while you go about practical jobs.
Scientific research shows that a regular meditation session is a powerful way to release stress and anxiety and to improve your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well being. There are so many simple methods -commit to at least one every day for say two weeks and see how things change for the better (your mind will resist so your committment matters)
This is how a 15 minute session might look
1. Shake for 2 minutes as vigorously as you can – become the shaking
2. Sit with a straight back and relaxed,closed eyes and relaxed jaw, for 10 minutes where you wont be disturbed. Simply listen to the life inside or if there is simply space to life’s vastness. If strong feelings or memories arise, simply allow and love what is here -breathe in love and ease, breathe out disturbance. Just sitting in silence allows the mind to quiet, which helps your body release stress and helps you connect to love that simply is.
If you know ho’oponopono you can use that at least once a week during this time. Or choose hiolani, the profound Huna meditation on the light.
Both of these I share in the Huna retreat, Lomi retreat and in introductory Huna weekends. They are simple but profound in their effects. You could instead choose to work with Essence, another very profound series of awakening invitations I share in the varied Essence retreats, such as The Ordinary Mystic, Living Aliveness and Essence Awakening Groups )
3. To close your quiet meditation time, breathe into the heart. Focus on what in your life you are grateful for. Then what you are grateful for that awaits you in this new as yet untouched day
Remember that you will meet resistance to this, regard it as part of the process, a welcome friend, rather than allowing it to sabotage your committment. (see this Blog post on resistance and blog post Your Gateway to Being) These approaches are simple but they are all you need to start peeling away layers of illusion about who you are and freeing you from mind’s grip on your true nature, which is no less that everything and no more than no-thing!
Cleaning up the past -day by day as well as the old stories that have seemed to define your life -is an important spiritual hygiene. Make it a habit like brushing your teeth! and then you might re-member, realise, a sense of oneness, of connectedness to all other things and beings, a love for all creation.
If you wish to pursue this you might consider using the Aliveness Moving, Stillness Listening download which you can buy at the Store. The Aliveness Moving, Stillness Listening is a powerful healing you can use regularly in your ordinary life.
If you are serious about expanding consciousness, about being free, then this is the first requirement. Only you can do it.
Increased presence will make all aspects of your day alive, sweet, a gift. Dont miss this life!