One of the wonderful benefits of meditating is that you start to see things as they are rather than through the habituated glasses that we filter everything through.
The simple but profound act of slowing down and taking notice creates the facility to actually see what is going on rather than being perpetually caught in our deeply grooved ideas and perceptions of existence.
Sure we think we know what sand is (not that we stop to notice it that much); it’s this white, crystallised stuff that sticks to you when you sit on the beach and sure, it varies in colour and texture depending on the beach. But if we got a powerful magnifying glass and actually stopped and had a really good look maybe we’d appreciate it’s colour, diversity and complexity.
I think this is a good metaphor for the way meditation provides us with the means to see into life much more fully and work in very powerful and creative ways to live in accord with the way things actually are thereby saving ourselves a good deal of unnecessary pain and confusion.
Join us for meditation this Thursday evening from 7 – 8.30 pm
We will be doing the metta bhavana practice
Dharma study this Sunday at Gina’s and my place 9 – 10.30 am
Our first Coogee Meditation Group Retreat Oct 25 – 27 (flyer attached)