If you are interested in improving your meditation skills (who isn’t?), consider attending Sue Gallagher’s workshop this Wednesday in Bolingbrook. Sue will focus specifically on concentration—the foundation of good meditations—and how to strengthen it. The program is designed for meditators at all levels. In today’s post, Sue previews the workshop.
by Sue Gallagher, PhD.
In the busy-ness of our lives, it can be difficult to set aside the regular time for meditation. Therefore, when we meditate, we want to make the best use of our time and derive the most benefit from our meditation. In his new book, Spark of the Divine, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj uses the analogy of a computer downloading information and says,
We have all day long when not meditating to spend time thinking. When we set aside time for meditation, we do not want to waste that time downloading thoughts of the world. We want to be open to download what God is sending us.
Sometimes we find it difficult to let go of our thoughts, not realizing that most of our thoughts are repetitive anyway and not necessarily helping us to reach our goals. In an upcoming talk, I will share some recommendations Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has provided to improve our concentration during meditation and some personal experiences as I have implemented some of the recommended strategies in my own life.
One example of a strategy I am working on is to meditate at the same time every day. I have started with the same time every weekday with a little bit of leeway on the weekend. I have found that the longer I wait in the day to meditate, the more difficult it is to sit and stay awake and the more difficult it is to concentrate. I notice that it is a little bit easier to still my mind very early in the morning. Even on the weekend, if I wait too long to meditate, it is easy to get caught up in the activities of the day. By meditating at the same time every day, we are taking advantage of the habitual nature of the mind and we are working with the mind instead of against it.
On September 21, I am giving a talk, Concentration—Key to Success in Meditation, at the Annerino Recreation Center in Bolingbrook. I hope many of you can join me to discuss this important topic!
Concentration—Key to Success in Meditation
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00-8:30pm
Annerino Recreation Center
201 Recreation Dr., Bolingbrook (map it)
Please register by calling 630.452.3542