Buddha Meditation

Meditation

This week we practiced Mindfulness by bringing our 5 senses to the yoga mat.
As we practice being in the here and now experience on the mat, we can expand that practice into the rest of our life. So that we don’t miss moments and presence where it really matters – in our busy daily existence. Be aware of senses and experiences – extraordinary but yeah mostly the mundane.Aware of actions and words – to self, to others. Aware of reactions- to what you want and what you don’t want! Joy-pain, smooth trails or traffic, favorite poses or the ones in which you tumble…
keeping your buoyancy throughout.
Eventually – the mindfulness of the mundane spreads to the food you eat, and how its grown, the company you keep and how you keep them, the way you drive, the way you spend your time alone, the way you love.

LOOK UP at least once a day and ask yourself :”Is this not heaven on earth”

Mindful
By Mary Oliver

Every day
I see or hear
something
that more or less
kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for—
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world—
to instruct myself
over and over
in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant—
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
as these—
the untrimmable light
of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

“Pay attention. Be astonished. And tell about it. We’re soaked in distractions. The world didn’t have to be beautiful. We can and should think about that beauty and be grateful.” Mary Oliver

Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature. Think of your ordinary emotional, thought-ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature.
― Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying