Clear awareness. Through meditation and other contemplative practices, we learn to catch ourselves when we are moving off-center, hardening to situations, somehow closing down or thinking our anxieties, fears, phobias, and biases are the voice of reason. "We start to catch the beginnings of a neurotic chain reaction that limits our ability to experience joy." Pema Chodron
You would think that because we are sitting in meditation, so quiet and still, focusing on the breath, that we wouldn’t notice very much. But it is actually quite the opposite. We are developing a skill-set that allows us to see clearly with distance, with non-attachment, to form a nonjudgmental, unbiased clarity.
We must move to the laboratory where all radical change can occur inside of our very mind, heart, and the cells of our body. I call it the laboratory of contemplative practice, which rewires our inner life and confirms in the soul a kind of “emotional sobriety.” Richard Rohr
Join me on Sunday evenings for meditation at 6:00 PM as we explore Pema Chodron's The Places That Scare You. This week we tap into Clear awareness.
Isabel Raci, C-IAYT, is a life-long practitioner and student of yoga, E-RYT, certified meditation teacher, relaxation guide, and laughter yoga leader who is passionate about the practice of meditation and yoga as self-care.