Finding Rest in Your Being Nature

All thoughts or mental states...are settled naturally in the state in which all concepts subside: the nature of mind, their dwelling place of rest and ease. These exhausted travellers relax naturally in this place of refreshment. Body, speech, and mind are thus allowed to rest in a state of comfort. And this is the entry point to freedom.

– Longchenpa

A common word these days, mindfulness or meditation has found its way into our modern Western lives. For good reasons at that, it works. Research has demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing stress, anxiety, depression and drug addiction.* Rooted in Buddhism the practice can provide a new orientation to our lives, marked by ease, joy, empathy and presence. Not only does it take account of the content of our lived experience in the present moment but it includes the context, that is our being.

Even though meditation apps and courses can serve as useful references or pointers to the immediacy of our experience, it leaves something essential out of the equation. Having the ability to work with someone highlights the process nature of the meditative journey. From learning basics of posture, attitude and points of focus to encountering novel experiences, difficult emotions and psycho-somatic blocks, working with a guide – what the Buddha called a kalyana mitta, spiritual friend – can be essential.

As such I offer one to one and group meditation guidance. With a over decade of experience in various traditions my approach to meditation centres on the attitude we take to it and our embodied experience. As we come and settle into the aliveness of our present experience we can learn to attune to the practice of meditation not as a doing but a way of deeply resting in our being nature. As needs vary, mindfulness meditation can in addition be used to reduce stress, anxiety and depression; improve focus and concentration; work with specific psycho-somatic related difficulties that arise in practice; and cultivate the boundless qualities of the heart, such as loving-kindness, compassion and joy.

*Khoury B, Sharma M, Rush SE, Fournier C (June 2015). "Mindfulness-based stress reduction for healthy individuals: A meta-analysis". Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 78 (6): 519–28.