Jon-Kabat Zinn one of the leaders of the modern Mindfulness movement, defines mindfulness meditation, “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Not only is this a beautiful way to think about Mindfulness, and many aspects of our meditation practice, it is also a beautiful way to think about this months focus for our meditation, Resting in Awareness.
So often when we think of meditation, we have our object of meditation. In our first month we described drawing that focus to the breath, and last month we settled into Loving kindness. Resting in Awareness can take these forms, and it can also have a simpler form, the art of simply noticing. As we progress down the paths of meditation, and try on some others for size, we will build on this concept, and potentially dive deeper into areas or things that have arisen in our awareness.
For now, we simply notice. For many of us, we hope for, and chase this idea that all meditation must lead to silence. And that meditation that is a struggle is a failure. When we come to a place where we can accept where we are, and to sit with whatever is going on at that time, observing and learning, while offering ourselves the opportunity to slow ourselves down, is in fact a beautiful practice.
“Can we get to the place where there is no place to get to?” Over and over in our yogic texts we are reminded that this practice is a journey, this practice is not a destination, it is not an accomplishment. Resting in Awareness asks that we sit, even for a minute, and notice what is going on. We may progress to notice what is behind the thoughts that are floating through the mind. We may wish to then notice patterns to the thoughts. And this progression may take time.
We can start by simply sitting and:
Perhaps this leads to a modification, and perhaps not. This is enough. Allow it to be enough!