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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

two meditations to find the Peace of God

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

Simply do this; Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself.  Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed.  Hold onto nothing.  Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything.  Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hand unto your God. (Course in Miracles Lesson 189)

so simple,
bob

Saturday, November 17, 2012

why empty?


Meditation is about emptying ourselves utterly.  Why would we want to 'empty'?

Is it not our desires and ideas about how it 'ought' to be that enslave us.

When we relax our grip on life, we come to see that life is unfolding just as it should and peace returns to our hearts.

The prophet Muhammad said it so well: 

"If people knew what lies in abandonment of desires they would race toward it, and if they knew what blessing lies in the prayers of the night and early morning they would crawl to do so." 

peace be upon you,
bob

Monday, November 12, 2012

'yes' meditation technique


One of my favorite meditation techniques could be called "yes meditation".  "Yes meditation" does not attempt to achieve anything at all but simply validates everything, without exception, that arises during silent meditation.

Many of us have a tendency to recoil from what we experience during meditation.  Unpleasant memories or "busy mind" are good examples of this.    Avoiding unpleasantness breathes life into it and causes it to persist.   Awareness is curative.

"yes meditation" welcomes everything by just mentally saying 'yes' to everything (thoughts, feelings, body sensations) that comes into our awareness during our practice period.

Meditation is the search for what to give up.  Can you see how this technique fosters emptiness?

Monday, November 5, 2012

already free


You are already completely free and content.  You just overlook the obvious!

Meditation is that practice of turning our attention away from that which arises in thought (mostly fear based) towards that which is hidden in plain sight - the Vastness and Purity of the present moment -  the Mystery in which we abide and are.

During your practice periods snuggle up to the Mystery; let go of your worry - just allow the Mystery to do what it does so perfectly.

"And so, as for those who believe in God and hold fast to Him, He will cause them to enter into a Mercy from Him and (bestow on them) a Bounty; and He will guide them to Him along a straight path" (Quran 4:175)

allow, enjoy, trust the Mystery,

bob