Moving Thoughts Without Letting Them Get Stuck

“The goal of meditation is not to get rid of thoughts or emotions. The goal is to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and learn how to move through them without getting stuck.”

 

from: Your Brain on Meditation – http://www.mindful.org/the-science/neuroscience/your-brain-on-meditation

Breath Awareness

The character of your thoughts and emotions is reflected in the motion and level of energy in your breath.  One of the first habits of a yogi is to notice the state of the breath and prana.

via – Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa

Connecting with the Aliveness of Nature

The biggest, most profound and most revolutionary shift we could move to now is to live in a world where saying hello to the grass is a sign of deepest respect and an acknowledgment of our own lack of understanding and knowledge.

– Luann Armstrong

via DailyGood: Life on a Farm, by Luanne Armstrong.

What is it that is awake and aware in nature?  A deeper understanding of the world of plants and animals opens our awareness to being – ness that is different than us and also a part of us.

The Seat of Centered Consciousness

Just as the sun does not leave it’s position in the sky to illuminate objects with its radiating light, so consciousness does not leave it’s center to project awareness onto the objects of form, thoughts, and emotions.  If you ever want to re-center, just start saying “hello” inside,  over and over.  Then notice that you are aware of that thought.  Don’t think about being aware of it;  just another thought.  Simply relax and be aware that you hear “hello” being echoed in your mind.  That is your seat of centered consciousness.

– A passage from the book I’m currently reading,  The Untethered Soul