How do we practice?

Many of us start this journey saying: “I have tried to meditate but it doesn’t work; my mind won’t stop thinking and my legs hurt”. The response of the teacher may be surprising: “Then you have been aware of body and mind”. This is how we start: with awareness.
Like any other discipline, meditation requires a consistent commitment of time and energy, even if we can only give a little time each day to formal practice. We don’t necessarily feel the benefits straight away so we also need to develop patience.
You will be helped to find an upright and open posture for standing, walking and for sitting meditation, whether this is sitting on the floor or on a chair. We use simple and practical exercises to help the body come to ease and to let go of tightness and tension.
Relaxed and alert, we observe the rise and fall of the breath, and become aware of patterns of thoughts, feelings and perceptions. We notice how we want to get rid of what is uncomfortable and cling to what is perceived as pleasant.
This awareness spreads into daily life.
We learn how to incline the mind towards a compassionate, kind and non-judgemental awareness of self and others. This helps us to see clearly how we react to events, people and objects. With wholesome intention and training, the patterns of our minds and lives begin to change.
Through mindfulness, insight and determination we can learn a compassionate way to soften our opinions and allow what is unwholesome to fall away. The ease and freedom already present in each moment becomes clearer. We can develop humour, patience and restraint with this unruly mind and learn not to take “our self” so seriously