In a book which covers the legacy of the Native American tribes it is written that the last words spoken by Crowfoot – Chief of the Siksika First Nation Tribe – before he died of tuberculosis, were:
“What is life, It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of the buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass And loses itself in the sunset.”
A poignant reminder that life is made up of moment to moment experiences.
Two things that may be learnt in the process of meditation is: Looking directly at the reality of what is emerging in the present moment.
And observing our thoughts and as a result, the judgements that occupy our minds. Through meditation we can begin to disengage from these thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, step by step, and so attain harmony with reality. The first big step in mindfulness meditation is that we begin training our minds to become aware of our thoughts. Most of us are not even aware of what is going on in our minds. We all have minds which are occupied mostly by non-stop streams of thought. So how do we start becoming mindful?
It’s simple. We focus on our breath. The simplicity of meditation is that you are simply with your breath as it arises and you pay full attention to it. You are with your breath as it flows in and you pay full attention to it. You are with your breath as it flows out and you pay full attention to it. Notice how this quietens your mind and takes your attention away from your thinking.