Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Meditation Two: Addendum

The following are excerpts from text found on the website of Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, providing insight into Mindfulness Practice;

"Mindfulness is the practice of opening to and accepting life just as it is, whether we are practicing sitting meditation or cooking dinner. To begin we make the necessary effort to calm the mind and heart."
"This capacity to be present over time becomes a great friend."
That last one; what a way to say it. I want to repeat this to myself several times, every day!

Meditation Two

It appears that I have had a recent post about meditation. So it goes again, this time just with some observations;

The most keen thing I noticed today was how a sound within the scope of my attention could drive away a rouge thought. Most frequently, the sound was a truck. The meditation center where I practice is located on a relatively busy street in South Minneapolis, so there is quite a bit of auto traffic, even at 7:15 in the morning. I noticed several times my feeling that the truck sound that caught my attention took away with it a thought it did not want to have. I have been trying to focus in on listening to the sounds around me and feeling and listening to my breath in accordance with those sounds. That is precisely why it seemed so magical today when, three distinct times, I felt those trucks drive off with my extraneous thoughts.

It just feels really powerful to be in that much control of my mind, in such a calm way.