Last weekend I went to my first ever meditation retreat in the mountains with Paul Wilson and some of his friends and felllow meditators.
The surroundings were just right. The air smelt wonderful, at night and early morning it was various types of eucalypt, the sounds of the birds, the frogs at night, the running water in the creek, the night sky full of stars…………………
On Saturday I sat on the bank of a creek, opposite a small waterfull. It was so meditative that I later I tried to record it to post on here so you could all experience it. My camera is very basic and the sound turned out to be very unwaterfull-like…………………. I’ll just post a pic and you can imagine what it sounds like
During the weekend one of the things we discussed was finding time and a place to meditate. Paul suggested that we don’t get too precious about it and take advantage of small periods of time, even just a few minutes, sometimes is the most unlikely place [- I did suggest the toilet cubicle at work .
Since last weekend I have found myself noticing opportunities for small periods of meditation. This morning was a good example. I went for my usual walk and was going to go to the supermarket on the way home. The trouble is that the only supermarket here doesn’t open until 8am and I was not far from there when I noticed that I had another 15 minutes to go. I was walking through a park so, instead of doing what I would normally do and keep walking, I sat on a bench, closed my eyes and did a small meditation.
I wonder, what opportunities can you find to practice meditation or even just mindfullness? Maybe start with something simple like waiting for the kettle to boil….
I’d love to hear how you go with this one