• Be Still...

    29 May 2015 | Blog
  • When I teach Meditation to someone, the first thing I invite them to learn is stillness.  One can't even begin to gain control of ones emotional nature and thoughts if you can't gain control over ones own body - which we actually have control over. My suggestion is to choose a time - either morning or night - and a place in their house that feels good to you; whatever you choose, that will be your daily time and place. The most important thing to do, is to forget/let go of any concepts or ideas you have about meditation. Make a ritual of it, by turning off the lights, lighting a candle and burning some incense; for some, playing relaxing/calming music in the background helps. Sit or lie down - whatever is comfortable for you - and aim for 15 mins to be as still as you possibly can. Don't worry about thoughts - you will have thoughts, lots and lots of thoughts - it's what the mind does; let it be. Think about whatever you want, the focus is to be still. If all u can do is 5, then great, the next time go for 8, the next day go for 10 and so on and so forth.  Lastly, don't try to control the experience, meditation is the art of letting go and letting be, maintain your focus on being still.  Below you will find some helpful hints on being still.

    How To Be Still

    1. Get into a comfortable position. Take several slow deep breaths, relax, and close your eyes.
    2. Sit very still. Breathe naturally.
    3. Put all your attention on being as still as possible as you breath slowly and deeply.
    4. Don’t move a single muscle. Relax.
    5. Notice how the slower and deeper you breath, outwardly and inwardly, the easier it is to be still.  Also, do you notice how hard it is to stay completely still for more than a short time?
    6. Observe all your responses to maintaining total stillness. And then let them go.
    7. Practice being utterly still for 5-15 minutes. If your mind wanders or you start to become physically restless, just come back to your slow, deep breathing and refocus on being still.
    8. Relax and keep breathing, don't force your breathing.
    9. When you finish, reflect on this question: Did you notice a relationship between outer stillness and inner stillness? In time, you will observe that the more physically still you can be, the more inwardly still you will grow.
    10. Practice again the next day
    11. Remember, consistency is key; is called a meditation practice, because it takes practice.

    Be still, be silent, be peace, just be.