Sand Mandala Time Lapse Video

Check out this high-definition time-lapse video of Losang Samten’s month-long construction of the Kalachakra (Wheel of Life) sand mandala in El Paso, Texas. Losang Samten is the only one in the world who makes the Wheel of Life sand mandala.  The video was produced by Steve Osborne in 2012. Recommended viewing: full screen, 720p (click the gear icon in the bottom right hand corner to adjust the video resolution).

One-pointedness

One-pointedness denotes complete focus on a single object. In Sanskrit, this concept is translated as Ekaggata. It is one of the teachings in Buddhist meditation.

I hadn’t heard of one-pointedness until yesterday. Often, when I meditated, I would try (typically unsuccessfully) to empty my mind completely. The concept of one-pointedness makes me think otherwise. I shouldn’t be trying to obtain simply a blank slate, but rather, a blank slate with a single point of focus.

It makes sense if I give you an example. One of the anchors (the single point of focus) used to teach this is the breath. I have continuously heard meditators talk about focusing on the breath, but what part of it? There are so many different aspects of breathing. Should I focus on the expansion of the diaphragm or the sound created by inhaling and exhaling?

One-pointedness offers a specific point of focus that you may have never even noticed before: the subtle sensation of breath as it enters the nostrils. Do you feel that? That slight stirring of air when reversing the direction of your breath, from an inhale to an exhale?

I believe what makes this particular point of focus so effective is how easy it is to go unnoticed. Only with such a minuscule sensation can we actually focus on a single point.

Upcoming Mindfulness Meditation Series

Check out the mindfulness-based series below offered by Nancy Hathaway of School Street Yoga in Waterville:

Eight Week Series with Nancy Hathaway

April 7 – May 26
Mondays, 6-8 pm, and on May 18 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
Fee:  $500 for 8 week training

“Finding peace in a stressed-out, digitally dependent culture may be just a matter of thinking differently.” So reads the opening lines in a Jan. 23 Time magazine article titled The Mindful Revolution. If you’ve been hearing about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, here’s your chance to see what all the buzz is about. We are pleased to offer this series developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, known as  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This class is an opportunity for beginners to learn meditation techniques or for practitioners to deepen an established meditation practice.

For those who would like to move into a deeper practice or just learn more about meditation, join Nancy Hathaway in her next meditation course being held at School Street Studio. Nancy has 40 years of experience and has taught several students in our community.

Learn more about Nancy at her website:  nancyhathaway.com/  To sign up call 207-330-1450 or email us.

Losang Santem, a Renowned Sand Mandala Painter, to Visit Colby in the Spring!

April 1-9, 2014: The Colby College Art Museum will welcome Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and sand mandala painter. He will create the Amitabha Buddha Mandala and give evening talks about Tibet and mandalas. An official schedule will be released in the coming months. If you’d like to learn more about Losang his offcial website can be found here.

Let Colby Mindfulness know what you think in the comment section below!

Four Different Meditation Sessions Each Week!

In the words of Olivia Biagetti, “For the first time in Colby’s history, there are now organized group meditations FOUR TIMES a week! This newsflash does not only benefit people who like to sit, but also illustrates the values that our peers place in meditation practice, inviting you to partake in this mindfulness movement as well.”

Click on over to Events to see the official schedule for this Spring semester.

From The Tao Te Ching:

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

Hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Let Colby Mindfulness know what you think in the comment section below!