Why meditation? I was a bit stressed and overwhelmed sometime approximately 5 years ago and my partner suggested we go to a Buddhist meditation at the Town Hall in Henley. I was a bit dubious but I went along as I needed to change something, I didn't know what and I didn't know anything about meditation or the mind. So, she took me to the door, told the nice man that I really needed help and she guided me to a chair and for this first session stayed by my side.
I will describe more about this experience later in a blog post but this is really just to provide a bit of background on why I began to meditate. This was how it started and I continued to show up for 6 or 7 sessions and I learned that it is possible to quieten and observe the mind. Well, this was quite a revelation to me and I have kept a regular meditation practice ever since. Now those that know me might be surprised because everyone always thought I was so laid back that I was almost falling over but it just goes to show that you never know what's going on inside. Now I am pretty much falling over inside and out and it feels amazing! :)
So, my own experience has inspired me to begin coaching meditation and mindfulness, a desire to help other people that struggle with the mind. Since embarking on this journey I have come to realise that is most of us. We can all benefit from mindfulness however laid back we think we might be, when you really get stuck into observing the mind you get a sense of how crazy we can be when we believe our minds. Always question and challenge your thoughts. I have tried many different methods of meditation and have settled on a regular practice and I feel ready to share this.
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float