I’m having a really busy week. A big event on at work and two family birthdays at the weekend mean my mind is receiving a seriously hard workout.
Our minds have various tendencies and one of them is that we are a planner or a dweller.
We either plan future actual or imaginary events, or we ruminate over things from the past. We might replay conversations or events from yesterday or many years ago.
I’m a planner. What’s your tendency?
Whichever place your mind goes, I use a handy way to bring my mind back to the present.
Martin Aylward’s 3Rs
Meditation teacher, Martin Aylward, says:
We RECOGNISE when the mind has wandered;
We RELEASE from the thoughts;
And we RETURN to the breath (and the sensations of the body)
I believe it’s useful to add the sensations of body as an extra anchor for our practice and this is equally relevant for sitting meditation and yin practice.
Our monkey minds always want to wander so it’s likely you’ll need to use the 3Rs many times during a practice.
Let me know how it goes for you! If you’d like to hear me use this in a workshop, take a look at upcoming dates.