“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” -thich nhat hanh
When we first started meditating, we came from places of darkness, and places of hope. Somewhere on the surface, we understood that meditation was the practice of turning within. Some began their first meditations seeking a state of thoughtlessness, only later to discover that such a state was unachievable. Instead, what we ought to create is a gap between the witness and the mind.
As Osho said, the harmony of our inner-self is described like this: the more we witness the mind, the more it disappears. We have no doubt about our connectivity to each other, but what about our connectivity to all life? The invisible space between you and me, standing face-to-face, is thick with energy and information, thoughts, connections. It’s the thing you feel when soul-gazing, the play you witness between two squirrels- what a feast for the eyes. As such, there exists connectivity between all life. A magnetism between all things.
The next time you sit to meditate and find yourself lost, distracted, or focused too hard on one object, perhaps focus instead on the gap between two. Two strong objects which pulse with magnetism. Find the space between them and lose yourself within it. When practiced enough, this approach can help us to stand back and witness our thoughts while at the same time, allowing them to willow down to what’s necessary. Your thoughts- I could argue- are things attracted to you, and your mind gets to play with them. So let yourself dance, and witness how the rest of the world dissolves away.
Meditation provides health benefits including:
- Stress reduction
- Gain control of anxiety
- Boost brain health
- Decrease depression, promoting emotional health
- Become self-aware
- Strengthen attention span
- Memory loss prevention
- Promote overall kindness
- Fight addiction
- Get better sleep
- Pin down pain
- Boost immunity – especially right now with COVID-19
- Lower blood pressure
Practice no matter where you are
Allow yourself the chance to improve your mental and emotional health anywhere. If you feel that you need extra help or want to join the community, Williamson County has a fit for you. There are support groups and meditation courses that will fit your needs, lifestyles and different strengths. Check out our local list below or from home, click here.