Observing thoughts and feelings instead of being consumed by them is an interesting thought.  A challenging practice.

In our yoga 000_0038practice tonight, we were encouraged to still our mind.  To wash out thoughts with each exhale.   Until our mind became like a lake without ripples.

What a great analogy.   An easy visualization.  Something to grasp on to when a still mind seems impossible.

Meditation has an exotic ring to it.  P6241477

In reality, it’s just being still enough to listen to yourself.  As I attempt to master meditation, I appreciate the approval to accept thoughts that move through your mind when you are trying hardest to clear your mind.  We are encouraged to acknowledge those thoughts; to be an observer of those thoughts; and then return “back to center.”

A definition of meditation describes is as this:

Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual or psychophysical practices that may emphasize different goals—from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.

As we learn to be introspective, we are encouraged to listen to our breath.  It is one thing that is constant and that grounds us in our own being.  Being absorbed in your breath is a meditation in itself.  Return to the breath.

Our whole lives are spent learning to interact with the world around us.  Very little attention is given to the world within us.  I suspect that it will take me a long time to fully grasp meditation.  To become good at it.  To be at ease with it.  To sink quickly into self-awareness.  Instant peacefulness…