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Preface:

I’ve been increasingly interested in meditation for various reasons (spiritual exploration, to help with concentration, connecting mind and body, learning something new…), but one thing I hadn’t thought about was bringing a clarity and calmness of mind that allows for pure creative thoughts to come to the fore.

 

As meditation is about bringing the mind back to focus simply on the breath, the here and now, it is important to let thoughts come and go without judgement while you ease back into focus. It is inevitable that the mind will wander, but in this state I have found that amongst the meandering day-to-day distractions, little bubbles of thought keep popping up that feel pure, creative, inspired, or thought-provoking in some way.

 

These bubbles come and go just as any other thought does, but I felt that I would like to keep track of them somehow, whether for amusement or for further consideration at a later time. Some are coherent sentences, some are images, some blurry concepts, some questions. All are left to float in and out, and if I manage to remember them enough afterwards to capture them here, then so be it.

 

So, I've started a collection of ‘conscious bubbles’, creations of a clear, focused, mind as I remember them once off the meditation mat and back in the office chair. Although initially intended mostly for my own amusement, I welcome you to ponder them and share your thoughts if you wish.

 

Here is one of my conscious bubbles.

 

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Walking Meditation

 

During walking meditation, your feet tread slowly, carefully on the hard floor. The tip of your heel feeling the way for the rest, the sides of the feet coming down not quite together, then the ball of the foot tentatively, then the toes a-jumbled, gripping slightly. All parts of the foot wobble a little, finding the ground, feeling their way towards a steady state to move forward on. All parts working separately and together, feeling, adjusting, supporting, until you have the step that you dreamed of when you first brought your heel towards the ground.

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Comment by Helen on October 6, 2011 at 10:01am
Sending you and email. :)
Comment by wiffledust on October 6, 2011 at 9:50am
well, what,  exactly, am i supposed to be doing? what happens is i breathe, i think, i think weird stuff, then i think about thinking weird stuff, then i try breathing again, then i watch more weird thoughts. so what am i supposed to be doing here!???? LOL!
Comment by Helen on October 6, 2011 at 8:05am
Lisa - is there anything is particular that makes you think you're not very good at it, or that you're doing it "wrong"? One thing I've learned in my short time with meditation, is that your mind wandering is not "wrong". It will always wander away, however experienced you are, and actually the act of meditation is gently bringing the mind back to focus on the one thing e.g. your breath. That is meditation.

Also, it's good to note that there are different kinds of meditation, and you should find a kind that suits you best personally. You might be more interested in a visual meditation, nature meditation, moving meditation, something like that. Experiment, and above all, don't beat yourself up if you think you don't get along with it.

And, as Rita says, keep trying. For me, meditation is like exercise for my brain. I feel like I'm creating new pathways and training it to work in new ways, and that takes practice and repetition.

Rita - I've never heard of big bowl meditation! It sounds like you've got a great approach to yoga + meditation.
Comment by wiffledust on October 5, 2011 at 12:16pm
i wish i were better at meditation. i need it. give me some tips!
Comment by Helen on October 5, 2011 at 10:59am
Thanks, Maryrose & Rita. It's definitely one that has an added dimension if you read it slowly.

I was interested to hear your thoughts Rita, where you've been doing meditation for a while. I'm new to this, and feeling benefits in ways other than any I'd anticipated.

I have some more of these stacked up to share but a few of them are quite short, so I may end up bundling them together.
Comment by Maryrose Orlans on October 4, 2011 at 4:11pm
As you read, and breath slowly, you can begin your own meditation with your description!!
Comment by wiffledust on October 4, 2011 at 2:39pm
the pic is great..and the idea is great! love the description of thought, helen!
Comment by Helen on October 4, 2011 at 9:01am
Thanks, Lisa! Hope the pic's ok. :)
Comment by wiffledust on October 3, 2011 at 5:51pm
verrrry cool idea, helen. well-done! i'm looking forward to these! could you please add a pic so it's easier to share on fb? thanks!

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