"In a world full of noise, screens & distraction ... it is the uncluttered mind that thrives
The Mental Version of 'Eating Your Daily Greens'?
We all know that meditation is good for us:
It centres our minds.
It allows us to observe and detach from thoughts & narratives that no longer serve us.
It enables us to rewire ourselves towards more productive states and more joyous lives.
It increases our attention spans... in a world where the next dopamine hit is always a smartphone notification away.
But can meditation also be fun??
Because, afterall, meditation also allows us to experience the present moment.
To be here, now.
Meditation also allows us to experience the present moment. To be here, now.
In a society that's overly goals oriented, we spend so much of our time stepping over the present moment in pursuit of a future that will never arrive.
But if we can readjust, take a moment each day to step into the present moment – we can reorient ourselves towards spontaneity, creativity and feeling alive for the rest of our day. And, well, if that isn't the point of life, then really, what is?
So... on the Innate meditation colive, we do just that.
If we can deeply meditate, once or twice per day, and reach a deeply connected inner state ... how does that affect the rest of our day? When we're remote working, when we're meeting others, when we have free time?
It's likely that we'll live a more effortless, joyous and effective life.
Now, to reiterate... isn't that really the point of life? We thought so too.
Chances are, you already know this.
And are trying to practice meditation regularly yourself.
Thing is, it's damn hard to do that
I'd go as fas as to say that 'being content with doing absolutely nothing' for part of each day is the ultimate challenge for us in this age. We're products of a culture that's hyper capitalist, tech dominated and all about 'appearing successful'. It's no wonder we have tiny attention spans and see life through our "to do" lists.
So, that means we don't meditate as often as we want.
And when we do – it's maybe 15 minutes long.
Which is nice, but ...
...the real changes, the deep insights and wondrous moments...
they unfold when we meditate for longer, day after day.
For over 45 minutes, once per day, at least(!)
So, how can make it as easy as possible to do those longer meditations?
That's where this Meditation Colive comes in.
We'll spend an hour each morning meditating, and upto an hour each night too. Outside these twice daily weekday sessions, we'll have 'Silent Sundays' too – half-days of deeper practice in noble silence that will end with sharing circles and some surprises ; )
So that over a month you can cultivate a regular meditative practice, go deep inwards, and live more presently.
Integrating that meditation with living in deep nature, and shared moments with inspiring people. And also integrating it with your daily working life.
The Inwards Journey We've Planned
These daily practices won't be unrelated meditations that you do either. Instead, over the month you'll go on a journey combining unguided, open sessions ... with guided meditations from a variety of teachers.
Drawing on techniques from Bhuddism, Vedic methods, Zen, modern types like Headless Way and lots more. Bringing in movement, visualisations, props and teachings.
We'll approach the practice of meditation from a respectful yet playful way. Enjoying the positive energy it'll empower within us as much as we'll accept the inner struggles that may arise.
Here's a rough outline of the journey planned:
Week 1: Resting In Awareness
Develop a strong foundation by focussing on the breath & learning the 6 R's
Build a strong daily meditation routine (60-90 mins per day
Enter the "headless way'
Week 2: Strengthen Your Foundation
Begin stepping into metta meditations and self-forgiveness practices
Deepen into the 6 R's
Breathwork practices to cleanse unserving thoughts
Week 3: Visualisation Towards Your Higher Self
Entering spacious, primordial awareness
Intention setting & visualisations
Walking meditations and mindful flows
Week 4: Living In The Here & Now
Entering different jnanas and learning what they feel like
Letting go of the concept of the 'self'
Integrating a more present state into your post-colive life
A Few Meditation Resources We'd Recommend
Fitmind (30 day challenge is excellent, and fantastic variety of meditations)
Waking Up (tonnes of lectures, different meditations and teachers)
Being In The Way (podcast series with Alan Watts)
You Are Life, Guided Meditation (15 mins practice by Mooji)
Siddhartha (Herman Hesse)
The Mind Illuminated (Culadasa, John Yates, Matthew Immergut)
On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Alan Watts)