Six audios to help you relax your body and mind
and learn mindfulness and meditation.
Relaxing into the body 23 mins
Meditation on posture 18 mins
Belly breathing 15 mins
Eyes open meditation 20 mins
Meditation on the breath 18 mins
Bare attention mindful meditation 22 mins
THIS IS AN EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK:
When we sit and attempt to meditate it is like looking in a mirror. The mirror does
not seem to provide us with a sense of being, wisdom or consciousness at all.
Instead we are likely to encounter our dissatisfaction, our frustration and a never
ending succession of random and emotionally laden thoughts. It may be tempting
to give up and say ‘I can't do it, it's too difficult for me' or 'It doesn't suit me'.
Perhaps what we may be really saying is some version of, 'I can't appreciate
myself or my reality right now'.
Of course that inability to appreciate and accept ourselves and things as they are
is usually what brought us to meditation in the first place. Facing our frustration
and disappointment is exactly what is required to begin to connect with a sense of
ground or stability. The grass may well look greener on the other side of the river,
but who said it would be an easy crossing? Perhaps risking stepping off the
ground that we currently perceive is precisely what we need to do in order to
appreciate that the grass is equally green everywhere.
Straight away when we sit and try to become even physically still, we encounter
our reality, in physical, emotional and mental terms. We are likely to find sitting
still difficult, even painful. We realise that we are experiencing a range of
emotions which swing between negative and positive. Our mind refuses to calm
down and we are distracted. This is the starting point for our practise. We have
perhaps had a sense of hope that meditation may be the answer and yet when we
start the practise we may easily give up in the face of difficulty. We hope for
freedom and release but feel trapped by our body, our feelings and our thoughts.
We hope for bliss and wisdom but have to recognise our restlessness, our self
doubt, fear and insecurity. We may be told to observe our breath, watch our
thoughts or look at an object. It sounds simple but not for nothing is the metaphor
sometimes used of taming a wild elephant in relation to taming the mind.
Taking the first step is an experiment but we should be cautious about making a
judgement about our experience based on only a short, or a few, short
experiments. Whether it is taming a wild elephant, climbing a mountain or
learning to meditate, we need a sense of commitment and a willingness to
persevere in the face of difficulty. We may be unable to have a sense of progress
in the beginning simply because we cannot perceive it.
Before setting out on a journey it is good to have an idea of where we are going
and how we are going to get there. We need a vision and a pathway which can
lead us to our goal. Yet it is good to have an idea of what direction are we heading
in and how do we get there. Without a map we are highly likely to get lost. We
may also need to communicate with a teacher, someone who is a good map reader
and who has undergone the journey themself.
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*****Review by: LaraPinta on Nov. 25,
I found this book to be refreshingly clear,
insightful and inspiring to read. It's
well-written and easy to follow, while
addressing some quite profound matters
relating to meditation, mindfulness and
emotional and general well-being. I found the
author's combined knowledge and experience
in the practice of yoga, meditation, counselling
and psychotherapy quite unique.The app linked
with the book is also simple, yet powerful and
In short - has this book and the related app
helped me to resume regular meditation
practice again (after many failed attempts)?
Yes, it has!