Discovering the Spaciousness of Mind

The primary meditation practice of Aro Ling Cardiff Buddhist Meditation Group is called shi-nè. It is a practice of letting go of the busy content of conceptual mind. This practice is the first of the Four Naljors of Dzogchen Sem-dé.  

Full instruction is offered to beginners.
The teachers are ordained practitioners with many years of meditation experience.
Chairs and cushions are provided for your comfort.

Sit for ten minutes every day and let go of whatever arises in the mind.
Allow the mind to become empty. Discover the spaciousness of mind. 

The breath can be used as a focus – particularly the out-breath.
Notice the natural empty pause at the end of an out-breath before breathing in begins.
Dissolve any thought arising in the mind into that space at the end of the out-breath and remain in that emptiness. 

If it seems too difficult to remain focused on the out-breath, then count the breaths.
Count each and every out-breath from 1 up to 21 and then from 21  back down to 1, continuing to let go of whatever arises in the mind on the out-breath. 

Practise this every day for 10 minutes and gradually it will become easier to let go of thought. Gradually it will become easier to feel comfortable in the space of not-doing.
Eventually the emptiness of mind discovered through dwelling in not-doing will sparkle out into everyday life. Then, when life hiccoughs in some unexpected way—as it inevitably will—we will not be thrown into panic or dismay so readily. The undesired eventualities of life will not feel so threatening and will not upset our sense of security so easily. 

Once not-doing has become a comfortable space, the doings of our lives can be more easily recognised as merely the ebb and flow of desired and undesired occurrences, pleasurable and less pleasurable experiences, enriching and challenging events. Through knowing not-doing, we become less invested in the need to control and predict the form of our lives and more engaged in appreciating and enjoying the dance of its unpredictability.

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