Mid-day Meditation Method
I decided to take a slightly different approach these last two weeks. Instead of settling on a specific regular action done continuously throughout the day, I decided to focus on one activity during a portion of my lunch break. In this case I chose a belly-centered meditation.
The method specifically is this:
Each day, around and after lunch, I spend 15 minutes concentrating on my perceptual center, two inches below and inward relative to my belly button.
The specific location of concentration is called different things by different people in many traditions: Kath, Hara, Tan T’ien, one-point, and more. It is a very important meditation in my life, and useful for disidentifying so heavily with my thoughts, and going a bit more deeply into my body. It was a perfect choice for work.
The most challenging part of this whole thing was finding a space to meditate where I would not be interrupted. I did end up finding a good spot, but in case someone from work reads this, I am choosing not to divulge its location. I will most likely utilize it again.
What I noticed right away was that after these meditations came some of the most full and present moments I have ever had at work … EVER! My perspective on my workplace was certainly altered as a result of this method.
An unexpected result of this was that it also gave me a clear view of how powerful a simple 15-minute meditation can be. The sense of clarity that stayed with me was remarkable. I also found it interesting to be able to watch my familiar sense of self begin to solidify in my psyche as I began to go back to my tasks post meditation.
I also met a lot of personal resistance with this method. The past two weeks at work had some fun projects in them. Some that I kind of wanted to keep doing instead of taking a break for “boring old meditation.” One day I put it off and then completely forgot to do it later!
I am paying attention to this behavior in general, because it appears to remain a consistent theme. I love the term “inertia” regarding habitual patterns of action like this. There is an “inert” quality to my ego. If it is lazy, it wants to stay lazy. If it is active, it feels the need to stay active. Whatever it thinks I am, it takes that to be true and wants to keep me doing that.
To deal with such an inert ego getting in the way of what is really happening in the moment, I feel that one or two meditations a day, are very helpful. However, there appears to be a great deal of benefit practicing a more consistent awareness method throughout the day, such as those I have practiced in previous entries.