Friday, October 2, 2015

Mindfulness Summit Day 1

The FREE Mindfulness Summit that I have registered for went live last night (after a slight delay which had people around the globe panicking!). I've just spent this morning listening to the Day 1 audio which is available for 24 hours only.

(You can buy an All Access Pass to have unlimited access to all the audio forever but I've not decided to do that as yet).

Day 1 is an hour-long interview between the summit's organiser Melli O'Brien and the wonderful Mark Williams who wrote the book that really started me on this track (Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World.)

One of the best things that I got out of this interview - other than getting to listen to Mark Williams for a whole hour which is simply wonderful because I adore this man! - was his reinforcing that mind-wandering during meditation is ok. Not just ok but actually necessary!

He says if you sit down to meditate and your mind doesn't wander it would be like going to a gym and there being no equipment. The thoughts in our mind are the equipment we need to practice the tools of identifying and observing thoughts.

Meditation practice is noticing when your thoughts have wandered and bringing the attention gently (and it has to be kindly and gently, not grumpy or disappointed - loving) back to the body or breath.

Noticing - escorting back to the present moment (using the body & breath as the anchor of the present moment).

Noticing - escorting back.

Noticing - escorting back.

Noticing - escorting back.

Noticing - escorting back.

Noticing - escorting back.

Noticing - escorting back.

Noticing - escorting back.

That's meditation.

Really looking forward to the rest of the summit!

Love, Mrs D xxx

UPDATE - OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I JUST LEFT A COMMENT ON THE SUMMIT'S PAGE AND MARK WILLIAMS HIMSELF ANSWERED ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHECK IT OUT!!!



2 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Gaining that 'inner calm' is a process. You're doing great.

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  2. I loved it too! That is soooo cool that he responded back to you. Can't wait to hear today's interview. Lori

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