Being lost in our storyline is usually boring and fusty-dusty. The ego is characterised by a mirthless and relentless quality. Space is witty and light. When we rest in the fluid and spacious experience of samahdi then the solidity and mirthlessness of the ego often strikes us as intensely funny. Feel free to chuckle at […]
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. Really find it – if only for a few seconds – and then come […]
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.
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.
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. We can move it around the body and beyond. Practice […]
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. As we make it a habit of mind to enjoy the space rather than the claustrophobia of the ‘storyline’ then […]
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. Walk through your life experiencing yourself and the world through your belly.
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. This is samadhi, a practice that is characterised by a diamond-sharp cutting through the ifs-and-buts of the thinking mind […]
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. This is primarily designed for the people on the course – but anyone who has studied Samadhi with me in the past may be interested to practice along, using […]
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 when […]