It’s kind of amazing how the smallest things can add up to something bigger.
For instance, I recently read about someone who meditated every day for a year. A simple thing, a simple sentence, sparked a thought in me. That thought was, “I would like to meditate every day for a year.”
101 days in and I’ve learned that my mind (as are all minds) is very creative. Time meditating, leads to many varied insights and feelings. The question for me, then became how to manage insights and feelings because they aren’t always pleasant.
Thanks to the internet, I read about mind waves yesterday, at the above and below link, this in particular resonated with me:
When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer… In five or at most ten minutes, your mind will be completely serene and calm. At that time your breathing will become quite slow, while your pulse will become a little faster. It will take quite a long time before your find your calm, serene mind in your practice. Many sensations come, many thoughts or images, arise, but they are just waves of your own mind.
Do you meditate? Are you aware of your mind waves? Are you accepting of them? I think the next 100 days of my practice will be devoted to accepting, not fighting the waves and allowing them space to calm down, I invite you to join me.
If you have a smartphone, a great app is insight timer, I highly recommend it, it’s free and it has an incredible database of guided meditations and a user friendly timer option as well:
Songbird Sparkle (April Barnhart MDiv)