Quiet Mind Meditation

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

The Soothing Rain Meditation

Ah the rain!

At this time of year in our meditation classes we often experience the loudness and urgency of Mother Nature while meditating.  

A few years ago I held classes in this amazing space that sat right on the edge of the beach, right on the sea wall where there was little protection from the elements or the gale force winds that batter the windows. 

Once inside we felt sheltered and safe, but we connected most beautifully with the rains urgency, the pounding on the tin roof, and the wind singing through the sail rigging on the balcony.

At home I sleep with the sound of rain on the tin roof carport .. since a child I have loved this soundscape, and certainly sleep better listening to the pitter-patter, serenaded by mother nature while she waters our parched earth and gardens.

All ‘grist for the mill’ as I say in class. There is nothing like the immediacy of a raging storm to anchor our attention in the present moment.

Wherever we find ourselves .. in any moment .. there is always a unique soundscape to observe .. which brings an invitation to listen, to notice, to feel.

As an organic, present moment meditation simply brig your awareness into this present moment and notice the arrival and departure of sounds around you.

And if it rains .. allow the arrival of rain to be your trigger .. to remind you to stop a moment and really listen. Open the window, breath in and smell the colour 'green', and watch the gentle falling of water from the heavens down to earth. Rest your gaze on the water sliding down the window, or falling on your garden, hear the soothing music, pay attention, listen.

And notice your posture, the way you are holding your body .. notice your mind, and the way you are holding your thoughts.

“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.” [Irish Blessing]

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