So many of us come to the meditation cushion because we have felt an experience of loss. This could be the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, end of a relationship, or even just a feeling of losing direction in life. Loss is often challenging, but Karen Maezen Miller suggests that it is what nourishes our practice.
Sometimes we feel alone in a group. Sometimes we feel connected to others but are physically by ourselves. Sometimes, our meditation practice highlights our loneliness or claustrophobia, at other times it empowers us to feel good about being alone or being social. Lodro Rinzler offers some food for thought.
Questions for contemplation and discussion:
What is the difference between feeling a sense of aloneness versus feeling lonely?
What is at the center of your loneliness?
How can the feeling of being lonely help you along the path of mindfulness?
In today’s world, we are surrounded by distraction. In some sense, it’s counter-cultural to meditate, to want to slow down and just be present. For those of us who are looking to start or deepen our meditation practice, it is hard to feel supported in doing that. Below, Susan Piver, best-selling author and meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition, has some advice on how to help your practice take root.