Today I would like to talk about our very lives being that of meditation and prayer. I have the good fortune to have a broken car radio. In the silence driving from one Hospice friend to another I pray and meditate every time I am in the car(which is a lot).
How is this done and how can we apply this to our busy lives?
We can do this by taking mini-breaks in our day. Perhaps stepping out of our office or even in your office at your desk. Work on slow steady abdominal breathing as talked about previously, allow your breath to become; long,slow,deep,smooth, and even. When you are ready focus on 3-5 seconds breathing in (to start) and then 3-5 seconds out(to start). Do this for a couple of minutes. Close your eyes if comfortable. Try to find twice a day in your work to do this and then build from there(to many mini-breaks).
When your mind starts to wander, just remember the image of the still pond in fall. It does not reach up and grab the clouds as they go by, it simply lets the clouds come and go. Our mind can do the same. Rather than being frustrated by thoughts coming and going, we can simply watch them come and go and then come back to the breath. After a while you will note that your mind is like the still pond, just reflecting, not getting attached to the thoughts emotionally. It takes time and practice but will show positive results in the way that you go about your day. You will be able to manage stress better, and not be so emotionally attached to the continuous thoughts we have that come in go like the waves in the sea. The title of this meditative piece I use when I teach Tai Chi and Qigong as a play on words and our cultural obsession with being busy!
peace be with you all,
little brother of dust