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Day Nine Meditation

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William James Davies, DCMT
Psychotherapist & Mindfulness Teacher
Exploring ‘Beginner’s Mind’ with a guided exercise. Over the next few days we’ll begin to consider the ‘attitudinal foundations of mindfulness’. Until now, they’ve been implicit in the guidance on the recordings, but now we’ll begin to reveal them in more detail. Beginner’s Mind involves that child-like quality of being able to see things as if for the first time; letting go of preconceptions and assumptions and seeing things afresh. This can be brought to any aspect of our experience, and is really at the heart of experiencing things ‘as they are’ without judgement, and in an even-handed way. We will also consider how to bring mindfulness into our daily life, and there’s an invitation to follow this exercise by guiding yourself in a short sitting meditation, such as Mindfulness of the Breath, or Mindfulness of Sound. (Note: If you use reading glasses, you might like to have them ready for this exercise).
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Beginners Mind
In this day nine meditation of the ten day series, William guides us through an interactive exercise in which we use our own hand to experience the idea of beginners mind. Beginners mind is the ability to seeing things as if for the very first time letting go of names, labels, concepts, expectations, prejudices and preconceptions. In this way, we open ourselves up to experience what is actually really there. Following William’s guidance, I began looking at my hand with a beginners mind. Wow! After doing this exercise, I am truly amazed at how much more I recognize something, such as my own hand, that I had thought I already knew! Too often in our lives, we are on auto-pilot. While doing daily routine activities, we get caught up into thoughts or worries. In this way, we can be doing these activities without even knowing we are doing them! These moments slip by, going unnoticed, which is unfortunate because these precious moments Make Up Our Lives! Therefore, we can miss out on our lives when we are in auto-pilot! To incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives, William suggests we try a beginners mind exercise with one daily routine activity, such as brushing our teeth, showering, eating or washing the dishes. While doing this activity, it is very important to pay close attention to all of our five senses and especially how it feels in our body. And, if and when our mind begins to wander, gently become aware and bring our attention back to the activity at hand. To entice us to try this beginners mind exercise whilst doing daily routine activities, William says to think of it as a type of meditation that doesn’t take up any more of our time! Interesting! To begin to fully enjoy and live our lives, William states that we should adopt the beginners mind mentality in everything we do. Doing this, he states, gives us the ability to be fully present in our lives! I am very grateful for having listened to this fun and amazing meditation! Namaste...❤️☮️🙏🏻😊
Beginning again
When I started this meditation, I realized halfway through that I may have skipped over a few of the meditations. Not what what I meant to do at all. But I am thankful that I have learned tips with meditation to help me go back in my effort to revisit the other sessions. :). One step in the journey towards mindfulness. 😀
Halfway through the series!
I really enjoyed this session as it focused on mindfulness which is so important. It keeps me in the present for sure. It’s also a guide for your own meditation.
I learned how my hand is emitting light and so delicately made
Looking at is as if for the first time opens up my attention and I could observe it with amazement Because my sleeping time is short my ability to stay focus is low today
Living in my body
I noticed when devoting energy to curiously noticing any sensation, my mind’s thoughts of past or future intrude less. Focusing on details of something as familiar as your own hand is revelatory of how much we miss when we are not living in the present.
Being mindfully present
guiding your attention to what is currently around you- or in this case a part of you- can tune you into the present. Oftentimes I rush activities, thinking about the next task I must complete. This exercise helped me stay in the moment and forget the passing of time. I enjoyed this practice very much and will come back to it again