Take a break
This is an ongoing series running through May to compliment the twice weekly meditation sessions that I will be hosting on YouTube (the videos have now been moved to my Vimeo page). If you have any questions, please contact me.
If your set meditation time is 5 minutes, I encourage you to sit through that time. If your set meditation time is 15 minutes, I encourage you to sit through that time. If your set meditation time is 45 minutes, I encourage you to sit through that time. However long your regular meditation time is, I encourage you to sit through that time using your practice as the anchor that navigates you through difficulties that arise - whether in the mind or body.
Sometimes a pain in the body or mind, if sat with, if used as the object of meditation - watching the pain, asking yourself what is its nature? What colour is it? What shape is it? Is it solid, liquid gas? - just the process of watching it, becoming more personal with it, will in time see it pass away.
However, occasionally that is not the case. Maybe a particular difficult state of mind arises out of the blue? Maybe your body starts hurting in a way that just won’t go away? In such circumstances I advise you to take a break. Stretch, breathe, find an expansive view to look out over, stare up at the sky. When you are refreshed and ready, you can come back to your meditation.