A few basic principles are helpful in any mindfulness practice. The first is precise intention. By focusing on one objective during a period of meditation, we grow in concentration. We may choose to follow our breath, note our body’s sensations or track the pattern of our thoughts. The objective itself is not so important as staying with it. The second principle is permission- allowing whatever comes up in the mind in relation to our chosen objective. If we are open-hearted and permissive to internal flow of events, the habitual ways in which we congeal against experience will be broken down, releasing us into new life. The third principle is persistence. In returning to the practice over and over, whether we feel like it or not, we gain in peacefulness- not matter what kind of experience we are having. The fourth principle is acceptance of the fact that we cannot be perfect in our practice. We can do what we can do. We can be relatively still, relatively focused, relatively allowing. Our capacity is different in every period of silence. No matter what our daily practice is like however, there is a perceivable gain over time. If we are open to this process, we may derive a deep sense of satisfaction from the knowledge that we are participating in something larger than ourselves. ~Gunilla Norris
how did you reflect the sun’s shadows? what was cast?
inquiry for today~ design your own 2 principles of knowing what you know today….
Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you. ~Elbert Hubbard