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Cultivate the openness

In contrast to yesterday’s feeling of constriction, take time in your meditation practice (lying or sitting down) or at any other quiet moment of the day to drop down into the spaciousness of the lower belly and below if you can.

Feel the “ego” state of mind.

Central to the project of samadhi is recognising the scrunched-up, constricted feeling of being ‘lost in your thoughts’. Spend time today really catching yourself (your mind AND your soma) scrunching up in chains of ‘I-me-my” thinking. Remember how it feels.

Samadhi is the practice of awareness and space.

Like all practice, samadhi builds up over time. We are cultivating the mental habit of placing our awareness where WE chose to place it (rather than where Big Business or habit wants to place it.) And in samadhi practice we train our awareness to rest in space.

Awareness follows breath

The key tool in samadhi practice is coming to recognise that where we breath is parallel to where awareness flows and settles. The breath guides the awareness where we chose to place it. This ‘awareness breath’ is not limited to the physical lungs and nostrils.

Practice over and over till it becomes habit.

The defining emphasis of samadhi is on dropping down into space. Practice here is relentless and repetitive from the ego’s point of view but refreshing and delicious from the point of view of real life.

Anchor in the belly

Energetically, the lower belly is the arising-point of this fundamental space of life. This is where we train our awareness to drop into. It’s a much more healthy and intelligent place to rest your guiding awareness day-to-day.

Be clear about the practice.

This is not mindfulness practice which encourages a wide field of awareness and a growing comprehension of all the phenomena that unfold with in it. Nor is it visualisation that tries to change mind-states through thinking.

Practice Slogans

Following on from the Samadhi course on Holy Island, I am posting 21 days of practice tips to help people who are engaging with this meditation.

Lessons in compassion

The other day over lunch, Sussex acquaintance of mine - a “shooting, hunting’n’riding” type - was pointing out to me how his hippy and Reiki master brother wouldn’t do anything to help him if he were in trouble whereas the cantankerous, old farmer he hunted with would go out of his way to help

Isobel's take on the Drawing on Mindfulness retreat

I’ve been thinking about writing this blog all week, to be honest writing isn’t my thing. I tend to overthink it and end up with a rather clunky interpretation of my thoughts. The retreat I co-taught with Alistair was an amazing experience, a hard to describe mix of meditation and art.