This week, we read the poem “Three Meditations,” by Jeanine Stevens, a professor of anthropology and psychology. Jeanine’s also an accomplished practitioner of Tai Chi and a compassionate and effective writing workshop facilitator. She’s drawn some haunting poems from my heart that I’m still revising.
Here she shares the process she uses with students to lead them in a visual meditation to that space of awareness where clarity can occur, as in her pond reflection. Try it yourself!
For the pond meditation, I have students put all books, etc. away.Both feet on floor like they used to tell us in grammar school.Then, I have them imagine sitting on the bottom of a still pond,and try to bring up sensory details, colors, fragrance.Then, of course, unwantedthoughts will begin to intrude. So simply make them into a bubble,and watch them gradually rise and disappear on the surface,keep doing this until the active mind gets tired, no thoughtscome and by then they may be meditating.
Did you clear your mind? Discover a poem? Find some peace? Or not?
As we say in yoga: it’s all information.
As Dogen says, “Study the self to forget the self.”