Our house, our home is a place to return to at the end of the day that is uniquely ours, where we take comfort and process life. That’s where meditation comes in. It gives us that place to go. That quiet place in our house to take a break and restore.

Focusing on our breath, an object, sound or word is one method of approaching meditation. If the mind wanders it is returned back to the choice of focus. Many have success with this, however, sometimes the focal point gets mixed in with all the other stuff, competing for attention and leaving a feeling of frustration.

Rising above is another approach, described as leaving the busy main floor of a house and going to the second floor, where it is quieter.

Rising above is my preferred approach. Acknowledging  my present state I realize my mind is often jumping all over the place. Acceptance of this state occurs because it is the result of managing a complex life. At this point I try to rise above. I let the thought processes continue, but they become soft, faint  and eventually quiet as I distance myself. When my mind wanders, patience is exercised and I gently take it back to that quieter place, without judgement.

It takes trust to leave the busy main floor, confidence believing nothing will fall apart, and understanding I can pick up where I left off, managing the complexities of life with improved focus, efficiency and less stress.

One day I will learn to retreat to the attic and eventually rise above the house.

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