Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Zaads, vipassana meditiation

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Chardin

“We all shine on! Like the moon, and the stars, and the sun!” – Lennon

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from: http://princesamwise.zaadz.com/blog - because this is Tues meditation day.. and coincidently (?) this is probably my only day off this week – and this is very similar to what we do.

Vipassana meditation

Find a place where you can sit comfortably, undisturbed, for at least 20 minutes. Your back and head need to held straight. You may sit on the floor or in a chair. Your eyes are best closed as you remain still, moving only if it is really necessary. If you must move, notice how and why you are moving. Simply be mindful of in-and-out breathing. You may feel that your breathing is too short, too long, too gentle or too heavy. Do not try to control it. Stop judging. Just let it be, let it settle by itself as you watch. It is the process of watching which is the meditation, not what you are watching. Remember not to become identified with, or lost in whatever comes up: thoughts, emotions, judgements, body sensations. When you become distracted, gently refocus your attention on your breathing. There's nothing wrong with you. Keep at it. If questions or problems arise which require an answer, let them remain a mystery until your meditation time is over. Keep watching. Just breathe…

From meditation class on breathing:
Pay attention to your breathing. Thoughts may come.. Angels may talk to you, the devil may talk to you. Let them be. Don’t push them away and don’t give them attention. Just let them be and go back to focusing on your breathing. Be aware. Watch as you breathe in and out. Pay attention to even the pause- the spaces between your inhalations and your exhalations. Try breathing in to a count of 3 and out to a count of 6, but above all breathe naturally. When any thoughts come, just observe them, let them be and go back to being aware of your breathing.
Meditation is the easiest thing there is. There is only one step – Let go. Be aware and let go – that’s it.

A nice picture from R. Genn’s twice weekly lettersJuly18 - a complex effort.

Off the northern tip of Haida Gwaii lies Langara Island. It's wild and lush, with great heaving seas below wheeling gulls and soaring eagles. The rocky bluffs are the home of puffins and guillemots, while the waters abound with humpback whales, orcas and sea lions. The weather is unpredictable--one minute it's sparkling sunshine, the next, a storm is sweeping in from the Pacific. At one time almost every cove on Langara had a totem-fronted village--now all have been overtaken and
enveloped by dark and mysterious spruce.

pic from http://ruth.lotter.priv.at/

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