A couple of weeks ago I went to a day-long conference in Brighton hosted by the political journalist, Paul Mason. There were a number of interesting speakers but it was Mason’s closing speech that really cut the deepest. Bear in mind this was just a week after Trump had been elected President, a few months […]
Samadhi, the forgotten twin sister of mindfulness practice, is a meditation approach that focuses on spaciousness and steadiness. In this world where media memes of fear, xenophobia, paranoia and envy seem to be becoming more and more inescapable, having some sense of the gaps and space in between the barrage of stimuli is life-saving. Samadhi […]
It’s been a couple of week’s since I left the Island. And the resonance of what we explored there seems to be growing. First off, it was a very powerful group and a lot of powerful magic happened in the 6 days of the retreat – all of it swirling around the central point of […]
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.