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I was reading Daily Cup of Yoga and this article on Learning to Sit Alone really got into my head. It talks about getting away from the distractions and learning to be with ourselves, and gaining calm and insight. I've re-read over a bunch of parts because I keep thinking to myself, how do I get still? How do I get quiet?
I've noticed lately my mind has been elsewhere most of the time. Away in "La-La Land". Which is fine, but after a bit, I need to snap back to reality to get things done. Also, I think I am just urging to be alone. To be truly alone. Not antisocial, but still, clear, open.
The article is in the meditation section on dailycupofyoga.com. I have written about my attempts at meditation. Starting with 5 mins or whatever I have time for. I think I may need to revamp how I am going about it. Which is fine. I am still at the very beginners stage of my yoga journey so I am happy to play around with ideas and techniques. I won't leave what I have now. I just want to try other things too. I listen to music. I do this to try to tune out a tv that may be on, my husband moving around, house sounds. Maybe I need to try be completely silent. No music, and to tune out whatever noises arise, or perhaps just acknowledge them and move on....
I suppose what I have learned, is to quiet the mind, is to accept my mind and then let it go. Let all of my thoughts come to me, say hello and then allow them to pass by. There are times when I am alone, but my mind is not. I am always trying to think of something entertaining, whimsical or whatever. Perhaps, once I empty that full cup in my mind, completely, silently, and oh so slowly, I can allow it to fill with better things....
Contemplatively yours my friends,