Tomorrow I start my next round of meditation sessions under Moreton Bay Council’s Healthy and Active program.
This program is such a great initiative, giving people of all ages the opportunity to try things for free or minimal cost.
It’s something I am really pleased to be a part of… so I can offer community sessions for people to come and try.
This will be my fourth time delivering mediation sessions under this program and I’m so chuffed I have a number of people who have signed up again, having previously attended some sessions.
I know it can be daunting to try something new, especially something like mindful meditation, so I thought I’d try to clarify a few things:
1. It’s not about clearing your mind.
It would be great if we could, but it’s more about bringing your awareness to the present moment and being able to focus on something such as your breath.
2. You don’t have to sit crossed legged on the floor.
It’s more about being comfortable, the aim is to help promote relaxation and a sense of calm and that’s hard if you’re sitting in a position that doesn’t feel right. You can sit in a chair, lie down or even do a walking meditation!
3. It’s completely secular.
Many people link meditation to certain religions or beliefs, but you don’t have to be religious to do it. My sessions are non-religious and open to everyone – of faith or not.
4. You’re just too busy.
You don’t need a lot of time to do it. If you have time to get your morning coffee, you have time to meditate and you can practice mindful meditation in the shower, when you swim, or even while drinking your coffee!
The only thing you really need is a willingness to give it a go.
As the Dalai Lama once said: “If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
Now wouldn’t that be a thing 🙏