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A simple meditation

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  • Jeff Belyea
    A very subtle shift in consciousness, a simple conscious act, can cause a noticeable change in our sense of being. Take a moment when it occurs to you today to
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 15, 2003
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      A very subtle shift
      in consciousness, a
      simple conscious act,
      can cause a noticeable
      change in our sense
      of being.

      Take a moment when it
      occurs to you today
      to stop any activity
      you are involved in,
      and just tune into your
      immediate environment.

      Take a sensory inventory.
      Look around you and
      notice the objects in
      your visual range.
      Just notice them without
      any internal chatter
      about them. Just move
      your gaze slowly around,
      stopping for a moment
      when you notice a
      particular, yet very
      subtle shift, a calm
      feeling that comes to
      you when you look at
      a particular object
      or scene. When this happens,
      keep your attention
      on this object or
      scene just a little
      longer and then move
      on.

      Notice the stillness
      of the plants or trees
      or furniture. Feel
      their stillness and
      enter the quiet of
      the moment. Feel the
      relaxation of stillness.
      Let your mind be still
      as well.

      Even with noise and
      activity around you,
      you can enter the
      quiet awareness of
      just noticing what
      is around you and
      being aware of the
      stillness.

      Notice the colors,
      the way light breaks
      through windows or
      trees or buildings.
      Notice the shifts
      of colors that light
      creates.

      Notice patterns in
      design around you:
      in plants and leaves,
      fabrics, what you are
      wearing, furniture,
      any object. Look
      at graceful lines
      and angular lines.
      Let their beauty
      and grace speak
      silently to you.

      Begin to notice
      repeated patterns
      and connections.
      Notice the harmony
      in the whole of
      your immediate
      environment.

      Even a cluttered
      desk or room may have
      an order to it under
      the seeming chaos
      and scattered paper
      and books it you
      simply look at it
      and notice its
      stillness.

      Listen to your
      environment. Let
      all the sounds
      resonate within
      you. With just a
      subtle shift you
      can choose to have
      the sounds soothe
      rather than disturb
      you. Choose this
      for a moment. Let
      the sounds be part
      of the pattern and
      order and harmony
      you are feeling.

      Notice the stillness
      between or underneath
      the sounds. Notice
      the stillness between
      or underneath the
      activity. Notice
      the steam rising from
      your coffee, or heat
      gases rising from the
      pavement. Look for
      subtle visual signs
      of energy moving.

      Notice the gracefulness
      of people moving or
      vehicles, or any
      movement around you.
      Let the gracefulness
      of this movement
      speak to you silently.
      Just notice it.

      Touch your clothing
      or your skin or some
      objects. Feel its
      texture, its smoothness
      or roughness. Notice
      how your clothes
      feel on your body.

      Return for a moment to
      a sense that you are
      consciously experiencing
      the sense of touch
      for the first time.
      Enjoy the sensation,
      the subtle excitement
      of your sense of touch.

      Gracefully move your
      touch to a variety of
      surfaces. Enjoy each
      of them as if first
      experienced.

      Take a subtle but
      deep breath. Inhale
      strongly enough that
      you create a soft sound
      with your inhale.
      Notice the "taste" of
      the air. If it is
      pleasant enjoy it.
      If it is not pleasing,
      choose to not be
      disturbed by the
      unpleasant smell or
      taste, and notice the
      subtle excitement of
      being able to smell
      or taste. Just for
      a moment. Exhale
      silently and gently.

      Notice the taste
      in your mouth, the
      position of your
      tongue and lips.
      Choose to relax
      them. Let them
      relax slowly and
      gracefully. Release
      any tension that
      you now notice.

      If you are eating
      or drinking, taste
      what you are consuming,
      as if for the first
      time. Enjoy the quiet
      awareness of being
      able to taste.

      All of this takes
      on a few moments,
      and can be done at
      any time without
      anyone else being
      aware that you have
      just spent a moment
      in quiet awareness.

      It sounds so simple
      that you may not
      try it. But if you
      do, I invite you to
      post a report of your
      experience of this
      quiet awareness,
      this subtle meditation
      technique.

      Love and Quiet Awareness,

      Jeff
    • Onniko
      ... wrote: Wonderful, Jeff. Beautifully guided and a perfect meditation to reawaken to life as it is. If I may add something, I would suggest that
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 15, 2003
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        --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Belyea"
        <jeff@s...> wrote:

        Wonderful, Jeff. Beautifully guided and a perfect meditation to
        reawaken to life as it is. If I may add something, I would suggest
        that as soon as a person got to love doing it, they would
        deliberately move on to places and noticings of things that are
        taught to be ugly or unpleasant. Noticed in that meditative way,
        each noticing will only bring delight after delight swimming in a
        sweet universal something. Then, with the outside sensual world
        clear, other perhaps formerly hidden senses come to light also
        simply with the noticing.
      • Jeff Belyea
        ... Thanks, O. Yes, I notice that a sweet something seems to present itself in this quiet awareness. It is almost as if the silent observation allows the seed
        Message 3 of 3 , Aug 15, 2003
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          --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Onniko"
          <onniko@y...> wrote:
          > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Belyea"
          > <jeff@s...> wrote:
          >
          > Wonderful, Jeff. Beautifully guided and a perfect meditation to
          > reawaken to life as it is. If I may add something, I would suggest
          > that as soon as a person got to love doing it, they would
          > deliberately move on to places and noticings of things that are
          > taught to be ugly or unpleasant. Noticed in that meditative way,
          > each noticing will only bring delight after delight swimming in a
          > sweet universal something. Then, with the outside sensual world
          > clear, other perhaps formerly hidden senses come to light also
          > simply with the noticing.

          Thanks, O. Yes, I notice
          that a sweet something
          seems to present itself
          in this quiet awareness.

          It is almost as if the
          silent observation allows
          the seed of love of life
          and all that we encounter
          to begin to blossom for no
          apparent reason, almost
          immediately, with practice.

          Best, Jeff
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