Tara Brach leads a guided meditation: Inner Space. This is adapted from a meditation called Open Focus. All questions start with can you imagine.
The purpose of this guided meditation is to help us to sink back into the vast open space of our being. When we are stressed or anxious (or otherwise caught up in the busyness of life), we tend to disconnect from the formless aspect of our being. We become caught up instead in the egoic tendencies of the mind and our attachment to the human form. This meditation guides us back into our inner space with a sense of curiosity and wonder.
Tara Brach leads this meditation to help us explore the spaciousness of our being. As she moves our attention through the body, we are called to imagine various aspects of our spaciousness. For instance, can you imagine the space that fills the nasal passages? Can you imagine the space that fills your tongue? Can you imagine the aliveness and space that fills the region of the shoulders? This inquiry helps to heighten our sense of awareness, bringing us to a level of perception we are not accustomed to looking out from.
Practicing this type of ‘space’ recognition, or awareness of the space within us, brings us to a heightened level of perception. We are made up of 99.9% space, and while the brain might not be able to wraps itself around that, this guided meditation helps to spark something within us that senses how vast the universe within really is. This practice can also help to soothe a racing mind, easing any experience we may be having of stress and anxiety.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]