Beginner Meditation Series Week 4
Do you ever feel like this meditation thing is going great if only everything around you would just be QUIET? If so then this is the week for you! This week we will explore auditory awareness and how we can use it to unlock the beauty of each moment and all its distractions.
Meditation is about going within and seeing what is there. It is also about acceptance. Acceptance for what we find within as well as for what our external environment provides. How do we do this?
We do this through meditation and mindful living. I won't get into mindfulness just yet, we'll save that for another post. The focus here is on the bliss that resides in the present moment and our acceptance of it. For the sake of this discussion, we'll say the present moment is about 10-15 seconds long. It could be longer, it could be shorter. The point is that it is fleeting. Once those few seconds have passed there is no way to relive them, and the seconds that haven't arrived yet we can't do anything about. So that leaves us with now, with the present moment. It is truly all we have. So we better make the most of it! 😉
We can only experience real happiness in the here and now. We won't find bliss in our nostalgia, nor will we find it in the dreams or fears of future thinking. If we spend our days vacillating between these states, as our society often calls us to do, then we miss out on the countless number of present moments available each day. Moments of pure bliss available right now…
Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for memories and future planning. They are much-needed aspects of consciousness. However, they do not have to dominate our conscious awareness all day. Through meditation, we can begin to simply visit and use those states on our terms. First by witnessing what thoughts and patterns exist, then by choosing to learn how to switch gears when the less desirable patterns arise.
The more we can learn to let go of the train of thought's demands to fantasize about the future or relive the past, the more we are residing in the present moment. The more bliss we find in each day. This is not to say that the train of thought disappears because it never will! Rather what contents it has, what we focus on, and how often we get sucked into its drama is what changes.
This week's practice is one that takes us deep into the present moment in a way that makes it easy to accept what we find there. It asks us to simply witness both our internal and external environments. It is one of my all-time favorite practices that I do whenever I can wherever I am.
The recording takes a little deviation from those you will have listened to up to now. It begins with an intro and a little guidance, then instead of leaving you in silence for the duration I will prompt you to attune your auditory awareness to various areas. As always, enjoy for 1 week before moving on.
For more info on getting started with meditation check out the links below