My answer to everything: Meditation.

 Inspired by  Holistic Life Foundation , my husband, Polek, taught my son, Tae, how to take a “mindful moment”. When Tae gets excited, scattered and looses his focus, all those intense two year old moments, Polek has him sit cross legged, hands on his knees and eyes closed. He asks Tae to observe the pictures in his mind and observe how his body feels. Polek then counts to 12. After they talk about Tae’s experience.   It is amazing to watch Tae calm down, reconnect with his body and recognize that he is in charge of his actions. He can choose his experience within the framework of his body.   Now here is the key to success: The facilitator needs to be aware of his/her own energetic dynamics, so he/she can hold a calm focused space. Polek has practiced meditation for years, and here I observe “take care of yourself first, then save the world” in action.

Inspired by Holistic Life Foundation, my husband, Polek, taught my son, Tae, how to take a “mindful moment”. When Tae gets excited, scattered and looses his focus, all those intense two year old moments, Polek has him sit cross legged, hands on his knees and eyes closed. He asks Tae to observe the pictures in his mind and observe how his body feels. Polek then counts to 12. After they talk about Tae’s experience. 

It is amazing to watch Tae calm down, reconnect with his body and recognize that he is in charge of his actions. He can choose his experience within the framework of his body. 

Now here is the key to success: The facilitator needs to be aware of his/her own energetic dynamics, so he/she can hold a calm focused space. Polek has practiced meditation for years, and here I observe “take care of yourself first, then save the world” in action.

As I repeat this in my head, I question myself. Really the answer the EVERYTHING? No, how is this possible? Then I sit, and I am reassured. Yes, meditation, my answer to everything. It’s so simple, yet when I try to intellectualize meditation, it becomes so elusive. 

Best to experience it! 

There are many techniques, from mantra to guided to moving meditation. All are helpful, and one I currently find effective is Vipassana. As S. N. Goenka said, “Experience reality within the framework of the body as it is, not as you would like it to be, as it is.” 

To start, try this Anapana focusing technique: 

Sit in a comfortable position with a tall vertical spine. 
Close your eyes and bring awareness to the tips of your nostrils. Focus on the flow of air as it moves in and out of the nose. That’s it! 
Just observe. Observe your natural raw breath. Don’t try to change your breath. If it is shallow, it is shallow. If it is deep, it is deep. If you breathe more through the right nostril, you breathe more through the right nostril. If you breathe more through the left nostril, you breathe more through the left nostril. As you observe in stillness, you may find that everything is actually dynamic, changing, moving.

Just observe. 

 

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