Meditation helps us to sit more comfortably with the comings and goings of life. The word we often use to capture this quality is equanimity.
Years ago as I was walking our dogs the phrase came to me ‘Happy to let things come, happy to let things go’ and I feel this well expresses the gift that meditation has helped me realise over years of practice.
Through a practice such as The Mindfulness of Breathing we learn to sit patiently and observe the activity of the mind as it reaches out to some things and pushes away others. We gradually increase our capacity to be in a calm space in the midst of whatever is going on.
The richness of an equanimous mind is that it can embrace and fully enjoy things and also let them go again when we choose to or when they are taken from us. Similarly when difficulties and challenges arise we have a greater capacity to be present with them rather than getting too caught in the stories and urges to rid ourselves of them immediately.
Thus over time our mind settles until it becomes a deep, still and clear pool which we can peer down into the depths of.
I hope you will join us for The Mindfulness of Breathing practice this Thursday night
Coogee Croquet Club
7 – 8.30 pm
Dharmalata and Padmadakini
Weekend of April 4 – 6th I am co-leading an Introductory Meditation Retreat at our Vijayaloka Retreat Centre so if any of you are interested in coming along to participate and / or support I’d love to have your company
Sunday April 13th your are warmly invited to learn to play croquet with members of the Coogee Croquet club (10.30 am)