How to Meditate?

There really is no right or wrong with Meditation. What works for one person may not work for the next. So what feels right for your instincts and intuition is usually 99.9999% right for you. Trust your gut instincts.

Below is a helpful 5 step guide on where to start if you are a beginner. Remember, everything takes practice – it is unlikely you will be meditating for three hours non-stop for your first session.

 

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EXCERCISES IN BEING

Breathe – Fully.

See – Deeply.

Listen – Carefully.

For no reason – Smile.

Bake some bread.

Hold a baby.

Listen to fire.

Walk barefoot a little each day.

In the rain, wear no hat and keep your head up.

For five minutes follow the path of an ant.

Grow a plant from a seed.

Make up the words and sing a song.

Let your feet dance as they will.

Occasionally, stand on your head using a wall for support.

Each day be still  in the moment and absorb five different sounds.

Each evening recall one new event that happened to you during the day.

Cry a little.

Laugh a lot.

Walk on.

THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE

“When two lovers come together

and two cells meet and merge

there’s a miniature big bang

and a universe begins.

 

It may seem so inconsequential –

two strangers seeking pleasure

a drunken fling or favour

a jaded housewife’s weekly chore

 

but really they’re two gods

creating a new reality

an awesome responsibility

a world to nurture and oversee.

 

Gases solidify and atoms collect

consciousness spreads through the radiant void

and slowly the universe takes form and shape

expanding and slowly settling.

 

Every universe is an experiment

a new web of planets and galaxies

weaving new patterns and possibilities

creating new laws of nature.

 

Every universe is an adventure

a voyage through uncharted time and space

tentative steps forward and trailblazing paths

colliding and intersecting.

 

And every universe is a mystery

filled with hidden fissures and tunnels

teeming with invisible energies

and infinite, dark potentials.

 

And almost as soon as the expansion slows

the slow movement of entropy begins

the connections weaken and the fragments spread

until the whole organism crumbles and collapses.

 

A slow decay or a giant crunch

and again the stillness of the void.”

 

PAGE 81 / The Calm Center / Steve Taylor

 

 

 

 

WHEN PROBLEMS SEEM TO LIE AHEAD

[Picture: Mc Escher]

“When problems seem to lie ahead
Don’t rush forward to meet them

As if they’re long-lost friends

Let them lie there, let them wait.
Let them sleep until it’s time to meet

 

Then give them due attention

Resolve them as best you can

Then go on your way, leaving them there

Without ever looking back..
Or even when the appointment comes,

You might find yourself waiting, waiting, waiting

Until you realised you’ve been tricked

That there was never a problem and there’s nothing here

Except a long thin shadow, cast by your thoughts.

 

PAGE 30 / THE CALM CENTER / STEVE TAYLOR

EMPTY YOUR CUP

There’s an old Zen story about a scholar who visited a famous Zen master to inquire into the meaning of zen. The scholar asked question after question but was so full of his own ideas that he rarely gave the master an opportunity to answer.

After about an hour of this one-sided dialogue, the master asked the scholar if he wanted a cup of tea. When the scholar held out his cup, the master filled it but just kept pouring.

“Enough,” the scholar cried out. “The cup is full. It won’t hold anymore.”

“Yes,” replied the zen master. “and so is your mind. You can’t learn Zen until you empty your cup.”

– Author Unknown –