50. Celebrating your practice
I've been in my usual geeky style listening to an audio book written by the incredible mind Sogyal Rinpoche called The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, he shares three things he invites people to consider when he leads a meditation.
These three elements struck me a great deal, I speak from my own mediation practice – in meditation it's one of the few times I feel truly at ease, connected, spacious, more accepting of who i am, and can acknowledge and hold a space for all that might be present within me, without too much judgement.
I reflected on the fact that many of us bowl about in life with layers of armour, or protection if you like. To be accepted, appreciated, needed, we bend and flex the ways we behave, ideals to live up to, familial structures we adopt, and our innate sense of self can find itself somewhat hidden – hard for us to tune into, hard for us to see, and therefore difficult to share with the world. In meditation we are not asked to bring any of that guff to the practice, we show up exactly as we are. That, is what for me is worth celebrating, being our truest selves in that moment, as a group of humans doing their best to navigate this world, especially in these challenging times.
I've been posting these blogs for a few weeks, we are at the 50 milestone, for some of you it may mean a new practice every day, or once a week, either way it's a really special gift to pause and reflect on what this Mindfulness practice has been giving YOU. Please do not think for one second that your practice is a synonym for perfection, it flippin well isn't, it simply means to have had a bash at being mindful in ANY way shape or form, nobody truly cares how often, or how little you've meditated, read these emails, or engaged in any mindful activity. It is entirely for you and you alone.
So i've recorded a meditation for you to reflect on your mindfulness practice, and also to drop in the three reflections that I mention above.
In this bumper edition i've also shared a poem - see below, it's a cracker.
Look after yourselves.
"There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt,
containing a tornado. Dam a
stream and it will create a new
channel. Resist, and the tide
will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground. The only
safety lies in letting it all in –
the wild and the weak; fear,
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of
the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes"