Meditation

This morning I had lined up a meditation event. I had only previously taken part in a smaller version of this, and was interested in a fuller experience.

It started off with us focusing on the muscles of or body, looking for any areas of tightness or tension and releasing the, moving from the end of our body at the feet and working up through our calves, thighs, hips, small of back, hands, biceps, shoulders, neck, face, forehead, and finally focusing on the scalp. While doing so we were advised to also focus on breathing in fresh clean oxygen and to breath out any tension that we may have.

Next up we were taken through some breathing exercises, where we focus on our breath and especially on the upper lip under our nose where we feel it cooling slightly when we breath in, and warming up a bit as we breath out. If our thoughts move to other things we can recognise them as such and just move our attention back to focusing on our breath. We were also asked to perform a counting exercise, where we count up from one to ten with each breath in or out, cycling back to one when we reach ten.

Next, we were asked to focus on our heart. To feel it beating throughout our body, and then spend some time visualising a flame in the place where our heart is.

Then, if we were able, to retain that visualisation followed by a vocal meditation with the word “Om”, without the “m” part.

Second half

The 30 minute gong sounded, and anyone who wanted to finish up could do so then and head through for a break and a drink. I was feeling good and so carried on through for the second half.

Because some of the noise from people making drinks and chatting would make it tricky for the rest of us, we were asked to go back to focusing on our nose, specifically the tip of our nose in relation to our heart beat.

Then, our next focus was on a beach scene with the waves crashing on the beach and were asked to visualise other aspects of the scenery that we might imagine there, and how we would enjoy such a scene.

While maintaining focus on the beach, we lastly followed it with another vocal exercise, where we hum the word “che” followed by a drawn out “sss” at the end of each breath.

Conclusion

At the end of things I was surprised at how easy it was to perform, and realised that each night I do something similar to meditation when I go to sleep, which is to focus on yellow/green light patterns that can be seen when I close my eyes.

What benefit is there to continued meditation? I’m not sure, but think that I’ll be wanting something better hand-waving explanations for me to spend more time participating in such things, because while it was somewhat enjoyable, there are other things competing for my time and attention too.

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