Hugo Meditation

11/02/2012 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Meditation, Wellbeing | 2 Comments
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In the award-winning film ‘Hugo’, the eponymous hero, a 12-year-old boy, sees the world as a huge, intricate machine.  “Machines never come with any extra parts,” says Hugo. “They always come with the exact amount they need. So if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part: I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

In this meditation, the aim is simply to observe the movement of the machine.

Sit quietly, with your eyes closed, for a period of 30 minutes. During this time, keep observing movement within you: when air enters your lungs, and leaves them; the rhythm of your heart beat. Where in your body are you most aware of your pulse: at the site of your heart, or perhaps in your fingers, or toes? If you are more aware of one side of your body than the other, consciously focus on the least aware side.

From time to time, you will notice stray thoughts travelling through your mind. View these thoughts in terms of their movement: where do they seem to originate, and where do they go within the body?

Keep returning to the motion of your lungs, and your pulse. Be aware of any involuntary movements.

From time to time, you may also notice sounds from outside. Simply observe their movement. Where do you sense them beginning? Where do they travel?

After half an hour, open your eyes, and stretch.

The benefits

This meditation can help you feel

• calmer

• more aware of your unique and valuable place within the huge, complex natural world

• more aware of your thoughts and their effect on your body

• more able to choose happier feelings.

‘Hugo’, directed by Martin Scorsese, is a marvellous 3D movie which will be available at the end of February 2012 on DVD.


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  1. Such precious moments – a wonderful meditation – thank you Suzanne

  2. You’re welcome, Barbara! Glad you enjoyed it.

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