Prepare for Practice
Before we begin our work together, here are some helpful ways to prepare.
We will begin by cultivating our MEDITATION RITUAL.
MEDITATION is the art of conscious experience. When done properly, it is an act of honoring your self and your values, reconnecting with what is most true, and realigning with what is most whole. PRACTICE is SPACE and TIME set apart and dedicated to this art of experience, to this act of honoring. In this introduction I share information to help you create the space and time required for your PRACTICE. It covers:
the OUTLINE of the course in a 3-minute video
setting up the ONLINE SPACES and the PHYSICAL SPACES where your daily meditation ritual and the coursework will take place
setting aside the TIME for your practice
what to CONTEMPLATE as you prepare
how to connect with COMMUNITY members who will hold you through this experience
As we get started, you’ll need to get comfortable with the VIRTUAL SPACES, and possibly set up a couple simple accounts. In short you need to (1) Bookmark the Roots Home Page on your browser. (2) Bookmark the Roots Zoom Room on your browser, too. (3) Get a Disqus profile so you can share in the comments below. More detailed instructions and more information about the online spaces and how they work can be found in this Virtual Spaces doc.
Your physical body, your meditation seat and your home sanctuary are the very real PHYSICAL SPACES in which your meditation practice will take root and thrive. Your embodied experience is a portal to the present moment, and bodies and spaces have kinds of wisdom that minds just don’t. So in the time before June 3, I recommend taking care with each of these spaces.
In terms of the physical body, you know what to do. Get rest, eat well, exercise, drink lots of water, be kind to yourself.
In terms of the meditation seat, play around with different postures, cushions and supports. Here’s a video about basic posture alignment points.
Cultivate your meditation sanctuary—a particular space in your home where you will meditate every day during the course. Spend some time hanging out in the space, clean it or beautify it in any way that feels natural. Create an altar if that feels appropriate. Bring in photos or flowers or whatever will make that space special and inviting for you.
Also, be sure to get a notebook for keeping a log of your meditation practice and, if desired, written contemplations.
For week one, plan on setting aside a few minutes each morning for meditation.
Starting small is one essential strategy when creating a new habit. Too often I see people psyche themselves out, assuming that they have to change everything about their schedule to make this work.
Meditation is great at any time of the day of course, but I recommend doing it in the morning for the duration of this course and then deciding at the end if you want to stop. Some people find creating new nighttime habits helps them cultivate a morning meditation practice.
If you are afraid that you can’t make the time: Consider what things you’re spending your time on right now that aren’t really aligned with your values. What is most important to you? Most deserving of your time and attention? Is there something that you can cut out of your life for a few weeks?
::: M+W+F at 7amEST, June 3 - June 3, 2019 :::
Mondays: Guided meditation + 10 minute talk
Wednesdays: Guided meditation + 45 minute talk + Q&A
Fridays: Silent group meditation (no talk afterward)
Monday, June 3 will be a special opening session 7-8am
Wednesday, July 3 will be a special closing session 7-8:30am
recordings posted within 10-30 minutes of live session
Contemplation and Community
Contemplate: What do you most value? How do you see meditation as helping you connect with and honor those values?
Communicate: Introduce yourself to this community. We would love to hear your reflections on the contemplation questions above. And/or anything else you would like to share.
Community: We want to see you, hear you, accept you, recognize you and welcome you into the community. If you really want to feel connected to the rest of the community, up-vote other people’s posts and comment.