The point is the
processes you go through, the experiences you feel, the insights you gain about
yourself. This is what is going to make a difference to you.
So, how is the course
set out? There are 4 sections
yourself - your body, thoughts, emotions and wholeness
learning to focus your
attention and relax into yourself. 4 weeks.
2. Training yourself -
breath awareness, body awareness, using words to stop words, physical objects
In meditation we
endeavour to be fully engaged in the moment, in what we are doing without any
judgement. We bring our attention either to a physical activity or, more
easily, to an object such as our breath or our body. A range of such anchors is
offered each of which I hope will be the focus of attention daily for one week.
In doing this you will build up your concentration “muscle’. As you do this
your mind will begin to realise that you are starting to take charge and it
will then trust you more. You will then start to think and act less on
automatic pilot. Some of there anchors
will fit you better than others but give them all a go.
This maybe as far as
you wish to go. That is, of course, fine and a daily practice which focuses on
an anchor will bring great benefits to you as outlined in another video. Quite
a few people who have tried out this course and stopped here have developed a
practice which is first thing in the morning and last thing at night for about
10/15 minutes each. Some stay here for a few weeks and then move onto the next
stage, some stay with her. Do whatever feels right for you. 16 weeks.
3. Healing - self and
These sessions aims to
show you how to focus on healing yourself and healing others who may be in need
using powerful visualisations. This can be a truly rewarding time and some
people use their learnt skills daily in this endeavour. No not expect overnight
miracles though! 2 weeks.
4. Nourishing insights
This last part of the
course is the nourishing phase. For some people there may be some difficult
times here but remember, through difficulties people grow so persevere with it.
These sessions will generally follow this pattern: We will usually start with a brief period of
relaxation and meditation to calm the mind so that you can observe your
thoughts, desires, memories, fears and so on without judging yourselves or
others. Then a topic may be introduced briefly. This will be the focus of
consideration, of contemplation and as you consider a few questions on the
topic I hope you will do so with gentleness, with curiosity and with a sense of
fun. A list of some of the topics is given on the website.
This nourishing phase
can be undertaken however you wish of course but it seems most effective when
you allow one week per topic as it allows time for the relationship between the
topic and you to be fully teased out and explored. I would also recommend that you allow a week in between topics to
revisit a meditation practice daily for the week. This could be focusing on
your breath, or any other anchor that works well for you. Perhaps twice daily
if possible - but even a few minutes a day would be great. This pattern seems
to be most effective for it allows you time to recover almost between topics.
The topics offered for
consideration are wide-ranging - their aim, remember, is for you to gain a
greater clarity of insight of yourself, to nourish yourself, to move yourself
mentally, emotionally and spiritually towards being more fully you, towards who
you could be. To be frank, I hope you find them life-enhancing.
Let me offer one example
concerning you and the end of the world. After talking a little about how try
we are to our true natureI might ask the following questions and allow several
minutes between each for your contemplation.
What would you do if
you knew the world was to end in 6 months?
Would you behave
and/or think differently from now? In what ways?
How do you feel about
How do you feel about
your way of living now?
I hope you gain and I am sure you will gain, great benefit
from the course and
that it may not always be the easiest of rides but it will be most definitely
worth persevering with it.