Day 1 on ‘Meditation’ of “Meditation” Chapter
from “Remembering” Series
[Listen to the audio with alignment at the end]
“I need to do ______.”
Does this sound familiar to you?
In the mind, it is full of the things to do today and in future. Gradually we would tend to identify ourselves with what we do externally. And with the world reminding that you are not good enough, one might find ourselves in the state of constant ‘doing’, with less awareness of ‘being’.
“As within, so without”
Meaning to say, our external world is reflected by our internal world. To shift the outer world, we dive into our inner world and we can find out more that via meditation. Let’s enter our ‘being’-ness and explore the inner world by looking at meditation..
“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”Eckhart Tolle
What is meditation to you?
Some would say it is an awareness, some would say it is to observe the thoughts, and some would say to remain quiet in the mind. There is something similar in Japan called “Zazen” meaning to just sit and do nothing. Sit for sake of sitting.
For me, it is entering the unknown, the space of infinite potentialities where you can become anything. A state of being, of nothing and of everything.
Myth & Misconceptions?
Sometimes we expect meditation as something it might not be, thus misconceptions stop us to proceed further. There are two sides of the coin, where you focus is where your energy flows.
1. “I can’t meditate” – meditation is difficult, we need to quiet our mind to be successful
2. Meditation takes years to practice, I don’t have time to meditate
3. Meditation is a religious or spiritual practice
4. Meditation must be done in silence and completely still
5. Meditation is relaxing
All the above can be explained in different manner, the best solution is for you to experience it yourself to find out. But, if you find these stop you from meditating, I would suggest you to find out the benefits of meditation, which will be shared in the coming chapters.
Exploring different perspectives
My personal meditation journey starts with Eckhart Tolle’s and Oprah Winfrey’s youtube video which lead me to read Eckhart Tolle’s book – “A New Earth”. From this book I understand theoretically the power of observing our thoughts, only when I spend 10 days in Vipassana Meditation taught by S.N. Goenka, I get to practice it in a group.
Hereby, sharing perspectives from my sources and guides on meditation with the intention to broaden our view, at the same time respecting all sources and knowing we can have different experiences.
Eckhart Tolle, the author of the book “The Power of Now” says that meditation is not something we do; rather, it is simply to be, fully present and aligned with life in the moment.
“The aim of meditation is that it eventually becomes your normal state of consciousness.”
“Meditation is about getting still enough to know the difference between the voice and you.”
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body. S.N. Goenka described Vipassana meditation as..
“one observes the constantly changing nature of the mind and body at the deepest level.”
Deepak Chopra, the author of The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success” stated meditation is a progressive quieting of the mind until you get to the source of the mind, which is pure consciousness.
As though a transition of glasses slowly lightening from dark to clear.
Sadguru, philanthropist and an author, known for its Isha-foundation, explains that meditation doesn’t mean just closing our eyes. You can sit with your eyes closed and do many things. You might have just mastered the art of sleeping in vertical postures! It is not something that you can do.
“The reason why most people who have tried meditation have concluded that it’s very difficult is because they are trying to do it. You cannot do meditation but you can become meditative.”
“Meditation is a certain quality. It is not a certain act. If you cultivate your body, your mind, your energies and your emotions just like if you keep the soil fertile, if you give it the necessary manure and water and if the right kind of seed is there, it will grow and bloom into flowers and fruits.
The mind does not like meditation because if you keep the body still, the mind will also naturally become still. If you keep the body still, the mind will slowly start collapsing and the mind knows that it will become enslaved if it allows this. The main aspect of meditation is, right now your mind is the boss and you are the slave. As you meditate and become more meditative, you will become the boss and your mind will become the slave and that is how it should always be.”
Read more here.
Osho, an Indian mystic defined meditation as being in the centre where all activity cease and you simply are – just being. It is between Concentration (the mind focus on one point) and Contemplation.
“Meditation means you are not escaping anymore. Although it hurts, but you are not escaping. It is painful, but you are not escaping. If it is there, you have to face it, to inquire as deeply as possible into it, because it is your reality. And by knowing it deeply you will become a man of wisdom.”
“Once you start doing something either you go into contemplation or you go into concentration, or you go into action, but you move away from your center. When you are not doing anything at all—bodily, mentally, on no level—when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that’s what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it; you have only to understand it.”
“It simply teaches you a new way of life: You become the center of the cyclone.” “And one day, meditation happens. Not that you bring it to you; it comes to you. ”
For Dr. Joe Dispenza, a researcher, lecturer and author of “The Habits of Breaking of Being Yourself, the word meditation means to become familiar with.
As you become familiar with the thoughts, the behaviors, and the emotions of the old self, you are retiring that old self. The purpose of meditation is to slow down your brain waves and get beyond the thinking, analytical mind.
What I want you to understand is that you already know how to do this, because you do it every day. It’s through our meditation practice that we can enter the subconscious and change our unwanted programs. Think of the subconscious as the brain’s operating system. By dropping into the operating system of the brain, we can alter habits, behaviors, and remove emotional scars. If you’re not trying to change anything, you can simply open yourself up to receiving unknown possibilities and create something new.
Read more here.
Matias de Stefano, of Arsayian Foundation, wrote in yosoy.red from his conversation with Yo (I) and Yo Soy (I Am) on Silence and Sound:
“The art of silence, meditation, listening, are key to understanding the forms, it is one of the most intense meditative practices: learning to listen, be silent when the other speaks, even if they do not agree or I am not interested what it says because I want to know something else, sometimes you can miss the answers because you are looking at another tune.
Those who silently listen to the other have a greater ability to understand, a greater breadth of perception, and therefore more possibilities of finding answers. Well, in the silence there are all the answers, even the ones that I can’t hear. This is why silent meditation is a key to discovering the answers within yourself. The Silence contains all the answers that if I find myself in external and internal noise I will not be able to listen with attention and clarity.
And Sound, then, is the focused force, expressed from that listening, after understanding, I launch myself into a new search, a new learning, manifesting, creating a new vibration. It is important to understand, then, that the answer is not only silence, since it is only found due to the sum of sounds. For this reason, the expression of the word, of the song, of the truths, of liberating what is inside, creates the ways to find harmony, as in the sculptures you described. So I am sound and silence, because I am vibration, even so I do not hear you, because all sounds are in me, and I must tune in to them, or pay attention in silence to hear them. I am the universal song, I am the cosmic silence.”
Before we conclude, it is important to know that only by experiencing it yourself, you will find out how relatable or not are the above statements for you. There is no need to agree or disagree, everyone’s experience is unique and valid. Even for those who meditate frequently, one would find that every meditation is different. It is not a linear progress, but a spiral, we might return on the same learnings but with deeper or new perspectives.
Most of all recognise that you are not alone as a drop of the ocean.
If you spend time in the forest, you will realize that you are just one more life. It is a huge spiritual step to feel for life around you the way you feel about yourself.Sadguru
Enjoy the time off from doing. Just be with yourself.