Sinking into the ocean of the Beloved
You alone turn sadness to joy
all worries and concerns to peace
and fear to love
You turn all those little irritations
Into pearls of wisdom.
You, Beloved set hearts on fire
and turn them into vessels for your sweet wine
is it any wonder there is such contentment in this drowning?!
It matters not what yesterdays practice was
or at what Gurus feet you once sat
it matters little where you travelled in the world
or what you imagine your life to have been
memories deceive you in the dream.
this present moment is fresh and new
and forever calls to you
to be born and reborn in all these present moments
the key to the timeless
eternal dimension of what you are.
every moment becomes a blessing
no matter what comes
and your silent prayer
becomes one of gratitude.
Veils of the unreal day by day fall before you .
And you rest with a tranquil heart
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Emptiness is not some kind of desolation
once that inner door opens through grace
that which has always been here is revealed
and that deepest inner sanctuary
which has called to you
longed for you
in the perfect embrace
of the Self for the Self..
welcomes you home
A Simple Beginners Breathing Meditation
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practising a simple breathing meditation. We choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. We can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. If we wish, we can sit in a chair. The most important thing is to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid.
We sit with our eyes partially closed and turn our attention to our breathing.
We breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and we bring awareness to the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. ….or to the rise and fall of the abdomen …breathing in and out….This sensation is our object of meditation.. Just Being with this body breathing…..nothing to be done…
At first, our mind will be very busy, and we might even feel that the meditation is making our mind busier; but in reality we are just becoming more aware of how busy our mind actually is!
There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, do not follow the thoughts… remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath…..or of the body breathing…
If we discover that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, we should immediately return it to the breath. We can also simply label the thoughts “thinking” and then return awareness to the breath… we should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath.
Even 20 – 30 minutes of this simple meditation will begin to quiet the mind and make it easier to dis-identify from thoughts.If persevered with it will begin to open up a space of quietness…