Beginning Christian Meditation

So.
Autumn is here.
With new possibilities and intentions.
New and old routines.
As an old routine now we have the habit of going to the local church to a groupmeditation. Close to the church is a small building, Love’s chapel, this is where we have been going now these last three years for mondayeveningmeditation.
Arriving in the chapel the priest has prepared with meditation pallets and pads. Blankets to put over the shoulders.

First we sit down five minuteDSC_0474s with relaxing music, Pärts “Spiegel im spiegel” and a like, soaking in the stillness of the room. Then we sit down on the pallet or pad in meditation position. With our hands together in a Mudra. First my I´m remanded of my body in different ways. Today my leg muscles began protesting with cramps, but after a few minutes it gave away. If I have problem focusing I begin conscious breathing, thaat helpes coming over the first focusproblems.
In front of us an Ikon with Jesus. Sitting down for thirty minutes gives a lot. Time to slow down. Time to let go. Time for thoughts to come and go like leaves in a stream. Like clouds in the sky. Like smoke from the fire. Time to think “who was this man? This mysterious man who, they say, died for us. A peaceful man who gathered his disciples around him and teached. How to live. How to be. How to respond. How to share. How to love. I would like to know more and at this moment I am reading a book from Deepak Chopra, “The third Jesus”, giving a fresh perspective on what Jesus can teach us all. When thirty minutes has passed we silently leave the room and start talking again. Filled and relaxed.

/Sten

A cityretreat

BildThis passed weekend I was in the capital on a cityretreat, in silence.

Meditation, yoga, breathing, chakra.
Since five years back, I have been practising yoga and meditation. Ashtanga and Hatha. At this moment I do Hatha-yoga wich I find beeing a silent and calm yoga variant.
At the cityretreat I learnt a series of positions good for balancing the seven chakras in my body: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown.
What I found all the most wonderful was gong-meditation. The leadar played on two big gongs whilewe were meditating. The sound of the gongs, very harmonic and kind to the ears, filled the whole room, every inch,  my body was totaly filled with the sound and my brain to. It was my best meditation experiance ever, until we did the singing meditation. With background music we sang  together and a bright, glorious feeling of happiness came to me. The feeling of togetherness was total and I was ready to….

If you ever have the chance I must recommend this.

/Sten

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