A meditation session can generally be thought of as having three stages:
* Stage One– Arriving and Centering:
Find a comfortable position and balance-begin to let go- relax and grip less tightly to your thoughts. Try to become more attentive, conscious, and mindful of your breathing
*Stage Two–Intensifying and Focusing:…
Focus more closely on your inhalation and exhalation. Try to let the scattered thoughts that pop into your head disappear into your breathing. With each thought interruption try to refocus on the simplicity of just breathing; remaining free and untangled.
*Stage Three–Releasing and Allowing:
As you relax and breathe, you start to arrive unself-consciously in the present moment- the sacred now. You become sensitized, receptive, and calm; you are experiencing the peace and joy of meditation–being aware of what is, just as it is. Just being, without judgments or opinions.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if it takes many times to refocus, practice makes perfect!
As a young child playing hide and seek outside, with my cousins and siblings, in both Brooklyn and suburban Long Island, I learned an early meditation lesson: the more I stopped, and simply tuned in and sensed,...