One of the many gifts of meditation is that we start to become aware of being aware. Through different exercises of contemplation we find that we are able to sit back a little bit in our being and notice a variety of curious things:
We are not our thoughts…
We are not our emotions…
We are not our body…
We are not our circumstances…
Whilst it is quite easy to look down at your thumb and think, that’s not me, I am more than my thumb, we find it more difficult to observe the mind and come up with the same result: I am not my mind…
Imagine if you were able to hold your mind in the palms of your hands in front of you. In the act of observation you might notice, thoughts, information and processing whirring away without any input from ‘you’.
That is why in meditation we become the observer of mind, the awareness of mind and in time we become adept in sinking into the fullness of our being and experiencing our ‘self’ beyond limits of mind.
Meditation thus takes us into ourselves more deeply, more quietly. We begin to learn the craft of navigating our inner world and in so doing, we learn to live from a deeper sense of self. We might say that our centre becomes more solid. We might find that we become more grounded and stable in all of our interactions in the world as we breathe into aspects of self previously undiscovered.
The revelations of your internal journey are your own as they are the unique truths contained in the richness of your personal experience. Courage and patience are required for the voyage but if you do set sail, you will find yourself more ready than you know.
The human being has a basic need for stillness for it is the primary way in which we digest our experience.
You would not eat constantly for 12 hours without stopping to give time to digest your food. Yet most of us live lives where we ingest experience after experience and rarely honour time in stillness to digest.
5 mins a day, every day is a very small commitment to stillness that may change your life forever…
The only way to find out is to set sail.
By Neil Seligman
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