Sit with your suffering

Meditation has had a huge increase in popularity in recent years thanks to the medical community appreciating it’s benefits and it’s increased media exposure.

Once associated with religion, meditation is now considered a practice in its own right as a way to help clear and focus the mind for better mental health. However, much of the narrative associated with meditation right now paints it as an easy and pleasant practice, something that is enjoyable to do.

For this reason, many people try meditation and when it isn’t either pleasant or easy, they give up.

The truth is meditation is like the rest of life – sometimes it’s easy and pleasant and sometimes it feels like it is challenging and brutal!

So why engage in a practice that can feel so difficult?

A large part of the opportunity meditation brings is to sit with our life experiences, however they show up.

Sometimes our life experiences are easy and sometimes they are difficult, painful, full emotion, conflict, uncertainty and worry. Meditation offers a way to gently acknowledge then move beyond those experiences to the serenity within.

It allows us to be with the outer circumstances so that they might dissolve and we become unaffected by them.

Let go of historic beliefs

Instead of trying to push away difficult experiences, we get to see them for what they are, a creation of our thinking and an opportunity to let go of historic thoughts and beliefs.

This isn’t necessarily easy work! It requires an acceptance of how things are, commitment, faith, trust in our abilities and a desire to be free.  It’s about stepping up and confronting what is difficult for us instead of repressing it, wanting it to be different or numbing ourselves with distraction.

Meditation offers us the opportunity to sit with our suffering, and in doing so move beyond it to openness and clarity.

It isn’t therefore the meditation that is difficult but our lack of present moment presence makes life feel difficult; and meditation is one of the best ways I know to develop that presence.

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Gassho Meditation

Gassho meditation is a meditation practice that Usui Sensei practiced as part of his personal meditation practice, twice a day. Gassho means “two hands coming together” and is the equivalent of the prayer position in western culture.

Gassho 2The purpose of meditation is to become your Self more fully so that you may drop attachments and let go of attachment and resistance. Through a regular meditation practice we are able to reconnect to source, have a more truthful relationship with our Self/soul and have a more truthful relationship with the planet and others. The benefits of this include allowing the body and mind to have a chance to rest and heal, resulting in a clearer and more peaceful mind, a more centred and relaxed body and more presence, love and connection to the current moment.

How to perform a Gassho meditation

When doing Gassho meditation find a quiet space and time to sit down comfortably. This might be first thing in the morning, after your morning chores such as the school run but before work, before lunch, after dinner or before bed.

Close your eyes gently and place your hands together in the prayer position about 10cms in front of your chest. Gently have your palms touching about level with your heart. When you are settled, bring your awareness to the point where the two middle fingers meet and allow that to be a gentle focal point. If you find your mind wanders, simply return your attention to where your middle fingers meet and bring yourself back.

It is recommended that you practice Gassho meditation for 20 minutes twice a day. If you find it difficult to hold your hands up for the whole time, it is permissible to let them rest in your lap, but continuing to keep your palms and fingers touching.

Reiki Self treatment 2 This blog post forms part of the Reiki 21 Day Challenge – 21 days of self treatment, and meditation starting from 1st January 2018. Join in by following this event on Facebook, and taking part in a 21 day healing journey to bring more peace, love and harmony to yourself and the world around you.