Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Walk to the summit of the highest mountain in North Africa - the Toubkal summit of the Atlas Mountains with an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 ft). Create Mind Space enjoy the music and behold the incredible views that will take your breath away. Best watched on full screen with headphones & and a mind that is not flicking...
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
Is Meditation Boring?
Try for yourself here.Occasionally people say to me that meditation practice is boring.
When I lived in a retreat centre after returning back from a holiday away with lots of distractions I would have the same feeling for a few days...before getting back into the way of life.
Meditation can seem boring to a person who relies solely on their senses for stimulation.
Which is most of us.
We are used to being entertained - there is nothing entertaining about meditation practice.
Entertainment excites the mind - meditation does the opposite - it pacifies the mind, calming it and ridding it of excitement.
Although it feels good to have excitement in the mind, its impossible to experience peace.
To enter into a mind space where we can experience peace then we have to go through the barrier of being bored or feeling like nothing is happening, this is the excited mind being defeated and yes it will object.
Excitement leads to distraction and distraction makes the modern world go round.
Sometimes its felt that to really experience this we need to retreat and leave the world of distraction.
This is a misconception, the world of distraction is created by our own mind not outside.
To leave the world of distraction we simply need to gather our mind inwards and learn to concentrate through training in meditation.
Gradually, consistent meditation practice leads to results and a improvement in our concentration.
As our concentration improves then we start to reap the results of inner peace and contentment. Inner peace isn’t an empty, vacant boring state.
Far from it, its an active, rich, mental state leading to contentment - a mind without excitement.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Worry disturbs the mind making it impossible to be serene and calm.On the surface it appears that worry is caused by independent happenings we are subjected to in our life.
Upon a closer examination we can see that the main cause of worry is movement in the mind.
Our mind is like water it follows a direction its familiar with, because the mind is used to moving it does so - this manifests in our mind as worry.
Worry is a habit and once we take up the habit, like any ingrained tendency its difficult to drop.
Sometimes the habit of worry is difficult to spot in the busyness of daily life; subtly manifesting itself as a frown on the forehead or a tenseness in the shoulders.
Meditation is a special method to reduce the worry in our mind.
To reduce worry in the mind and experience serenity we do not need to:
- change or maneuver external circumstances in our life.
- go and see an expert who can help us figure out why we are worrying.
- spend money on a new piece of technology.
The process of correct meditation naturally brings stillness and peace to the mind.
We will come to know this to be irrefragable through our own experience.
Through quietly engaging in a regular meditation practice we will be able to naturally reduce worry and experience an inner serenity.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Tomorrow sees the second Meditation in Schools workshop in Portishead, Bristol - last week the students were mesmerized by the power of stillness. The first time they have experienced such a powerful state...get involved here!
Monday, 19 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
Following a recent trip to the coast of Normandy there are a series of videos I would like to share with you - just focusing on the ocean. A great preparation for meditation, relax and unwind whilst watching the ocean. Then engage in Meditation!