An ongoing meditation practice can be like establishing a strong root system. It may seem like nothing much changes in our lives.
‘We must look at our life without sentimentality, exaggeration or idealism. Does what we are choosing reflect what we most deeply value?’
‘Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart
And try to love the questions themselves.’
Gardening is about our relationship to the garden – how much we notice, in what way we take care of it, whether we allow it to nourish us
‘The best fertilisers are the footsteps of the gardener.’ Chinese proverb
Mindfulness, at its heart, is about taking good care of our lives, living it with a sense of presence and love.
Most people who meditate would be very familiar with ‘sleepy mind’ – this feeling that you’re drifting in and out of meditation, perhaps even asleep for significant chunks of it.
Mindfulness has certainly become very popular – when the US army, Capitol Hill, major corporations and Silicon Valley all embrace mindfulness, you know it’s gone mainstream.
One of the most popular meditations for developing this concentration of mind is one called ‘counting the breath’.