Mindful Meditation Project, Day 16: Omniscient Observation

Today we explore the idea of stepping away from the rote behavior of seeing meditation as a set of actions we need to take, and instead approach from a playful mindset. How do you come back to yourself when your mind wanders from what you think is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in meditation?

Are you truly diving into the whole entirety of the sensations of your meditation space or just sitting to get through meditation? Your homework is to sit for a few breaths and feel into your heart space. Inhale deeply and exhale with a heavy sigh.

As you settle, invite your breath into your body, take a few cycles in that space, and to fully sink into this space at this moment. Don’t try to change or argue or allow yourself to feel bad if whatever arises does not agree with the idea of pausing. Instead, explore it. Be curious. Notice what is in your space right now–a smell, a texture, a sound, a temperature?

Fully enjoy it, and if your mind gets caught in a thought loop, gently bring it back with an inhale, a softness. Resist the urge to label your practice as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

When you finish, be sure to thank yourself for practicing. That’s it–no need to change, process, or anything else. Simply notice.