The moment of returning to the room at the end of a meditation, staying present to the interior world while opening to the exterior world, is a key part of meditation practice. It is a moment to savour, connecting again to the world around us, with a renewed awareness of our internal state. It is the point where our meditation practice and our daily lives meet.
Meditation is not limited to the time we set aside to sit in silence. Gradually extending that moment of return allows us to integrate meditation into everything we do. As we sit in front of our computer, work in our gardens, walk into town, we can remind ourselves to connect with the breath moving in and out of our bodies. As well as calming our systems, it increases our capacity to deal with whatever life throws at us.
Meditation & Therapy
The more we connect with our interior world, the more sensitive we become to what is happening in our bodies. We can then engage more deeply with the work of therapists, who invite us to connect with and listen to our bodies. Meditation and therapeutic practices go hand in hand.
The lockdown has been an opportunity for many to discover or deepen their meditation practice and there is a wealth of apps available. The foundation for the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, offers an app, as well as recommending a number of others, to help us work more mindfully.
As we return to the “new normal”, let us take with us habits, which support us to live more meaningful, and sustainable lives.
This is a blogpost that I was invited to write by Rosie Withey, an equine facilitated learning practitioner and wellbeing coach.