This week we practised looking at an image, as the first stage of the Unifying Practice. We learned that this works on the level of our outer environment, and that resting our attention on just one object helps to stabilise the mind. As we have learned with previous objects, we only place 25% of our attention on the object, and another 25% is watchful awareness to check whether we are actually focussing on the object. The remaining 50%, which is clearly the greatest part, is left spaciously. This spaciousness allows anything to arise in our minds and yet not disturb us.
We listened to the mantra this week and we will be practising this next week. We’ll be listening, singing or chanting, depending on how we’re feeling. The words are written:
OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
but the Tibetan pronunciation is
OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG
Listen to the chant here.
This is the image we used: