“We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” Alan Watts.


One Minute Meditation exercise: Imagine you are on a boat, travelling across a vast river.  With a deep breath you move along the water, creating a ripple that travels across to the other side.  As you breathe out, imagine the huge expanse of blueness reaching out to the other side.  As you inhale again, you notice the bank is now fading in the distance and you’re getting closer to the other side.  Imagine with your next breath that the shore is the future in which you are about to arrive.  Look back as you release the air from your lungs and acknowledge how far you’ve come.  As you pull into the bank of the other side, relax and know you’ve reached your destination calm and untroubled.

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