Quotes

Reggie Ray from a talk on Bodhicitta

“To see with the eyes in not to see.
To see with the mind is not to see.
The only way we truly see things is to love them.
What we don’t love, we don’t see."

In the Age of Trump, Le Pen and Brexit.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a day-long conference in Brighton hosted by the political journalist, Paul Mason.

  1. Samadhi, the forgotten twin sister of mindfulness practice, is a meditation approach that focuses on spaciousness and steadiness.
Alongside the Brighton 12-weeker

Just to give everyone the heads-up that I am posting a brief online version of the 12 week Embodied Mindfulness/ Compassion course which runs alongside the physical group that is meeting in Brighton this winter.

or the magic of the bright darkness

It’s been a couple of week’s since I left the Island. And the resonance of what we explored there seems to be growing.

Space has a sense of humour.

Being lost in our storyline is usually boring and fusty-dusty. The ego is characterised by a mirthless and relentless quality. Space is witty and light.

Cultivate the openness

In contrast to yesterday’s feeling of constriction, take time in your meditation practice (lying or sitting down) or at any other quiet moment of the day to drop down into the spaciousness of the lower belly and below if you can.

Feel the “ego” state of mind.

Central to the project of samadhi is recognising the scrunched-up, constricted feeling of being ‘lost in your thoughts’. Spend time today really catching yourself (your mind AND your soma) scrunching up in chains of ‘I-me-my” thinking. Remember how it feels.

Samadhi is the practice of awareness and space.

Like all practice, samadhi builds up over time. We are cultivating the mental habit of placing our awareness where WE chose to place it (rather than where Big Business or habit wants to place it.) And in samadhi practice we train our awareness to rest in space.

Awareness follows breath

The key tool in samadhi practice is coming to recognise that where we breath is parallel to where awareness flows and settles. The breath guides the awareness where we chose to place it. This ‘awareness breath’ is not limited to the physical lungs and nostrils.