Discussion of spiritual practices: awakening, meditation, and the freedom that cannot be lost or found. All perspectives are welcome; advaita, christian, buddhist, islam or even no perspective at all. Just pointing to that which is nearest and dearest.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

how to meditate

There are hundreds of meditation techniques. Experiment until you find one that is right for you. But one of the best ways is to simply sit in silence and "take what you get". Don't try do do anything, don't try to achieve anything but just submit to the silence that is always available in the present moment.

Don't analyze anything, or try to control anything (your thoughts, the noises around you or anything). Just surrender to the silence. As thoughts, feelings or sensations arise, just note them, release them, and gently submit to the silence. The four R’s are:
resist no thought
recoil from no thought
remember no thought
remember the silence
Take what you get from the session. Often the ‘best’ meditation sessions are those that seem most troubling.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

be still

Stillness

Meditation, at its essence, is just being still. When we allow stillness to pervade, our recoil from life diminishes, and we see the radiant peace and perfection behind all things.

Be still and see.
bob




Wednesday, January 12, 2011

regularity

metal spring

The most important aspect of meditation practice is regularity.

We regularly practice being at odds with life which disturbes our peace of mind. Just think about how many times during the day you say something like: "What? That idiot!" We practice recoil hundreds of times every day.

Luckily, recoil from life is learned behavior and can be unlearned. To unlearn recoil and learn surrender repetition is needed. Even flossing our teeth requires regularity;
how much more regularity is required for peace of mind?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

control

Given that you cannot predict or control even the next thought that appears in your consciousness, how much control over other things around you do you really have?


When we release the illusion of control, we surprisingly feel safe, whole, and at peace. So … meditation is, at the root, letting go of our imagined control and just noticing the astounding mystery and absolute stillness that life presents each moment.


To put it succinctly: (Quran 4-126) "To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. God is in full control of all things". Meditate on this and notice the return of Peace,

bob