We are so much more than just our personality. There is a sense of self referred to in many meditative traditions – presence – that can also be loved and attended to. It’s difficult to define precisely what that presence is, as it lacks objective qualities. The good news is that we don’t need to define it. We can, however, become increasingly aware of it through meditation. Hurrah! 

Here’s a really lovely practice to explore before starting your day or before going out one evening, when you have a little time and enthusiasm. 

  • Take a seat and close your eyes. 
  • Take ten easy breaths in and out.
  • Inwardly ask the question: ‘What is it that is aware of this inhale, exhale rhythm?’ 
  • Sit with this question for a few moments exploring any ideas, notions or knowings that come to you. It isn’t necessary to come up with a concrete answer here; it may be that you get a sense of something without necessarily having to go further. 
  • When you feel ready, let the question drift away and begin to pay attention to all and any sensations in your hands or feet, feeling the energy that moves through your body as you rest quietly where you are. Follow this sensation as it moves and evolves within the body for a further few minutes. 
  • Close the meditation with a few easy breaths. 

This activity is taken from Inhale. Exhale. Repeat book — I do hope you enjoyed reading and that you find something marvellous when you look into it. 

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