03 Oct Alone With Your Thoughts
Meditation is to be aware of thought, of feeling, never to correct it, never to say it is right or wrong, never to justify it, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching and moving with that thought, with that feeling, you begin to understand and to be aware of the whole nature of thought and feeling. ~ J. Krishnamurti
I am a meditation teacher. I know what meditation can do to help people. Can it put money in your wallet or food on your table? Can it make your house payments, car payments and help you raise your children well? It all depends upon you! It depends upon the willingness you have to feel the essence of meditation and learn how to follow it as it guides you through insight and awakened intuition. It cannot be some obsessive fad or a way to avoid the realities of Karma upon your living. It can change the way you experience your life through Karma…and bring you to very sacred places that do affect your outer life conditions. It certainly has mine!
Meditation can be a panacea for those of us who have “ears to hear and eyes to see.” But for those who are harsh and literal minded, which so many are, meditation looks like snake oil that some shyster is peddling. You see, meditation is not just a technique. Meditation is both a technique and a way of life. One’s whole and entire life has to be built around it. It is about NO-THINGNESS as the Buddha taught. It is about living in the flow of desire-less-ness. It is the magical place where we live outside the box of FEAR and live our life through unconscionable gratitude and humility.
Meditation is about living as a gentle gesture of mercy. ~ Siraj
Few people are really interested in authentic meditation. They only like what engages the mind through fantasy. So, playing with their thoughts in the sandbox of the human ego is what it is all about for most people. Many believe that visualization of desired objects and lifestyles is meditation. This is not meditation. Authentic meditation is practiced in order to create awareness and it is in awareness that we find the intuition that would allow for us to foresee our entire life as Karma.
In realizing this Karma, we find that which IS important to our life and that which IS NOT pertinent to the meaning and significance of the Karma that we are here to know, which will allow us to transcend and transform. This is a very valuable insight to say the least. It can save us from so much pain and sorrow.
We must be willing to see a thought for what it is and what it is NOT. The untrained mind is a kaleidoscope of illusion. If we only look at life through the mirrors and colored thoughts that create changing patterns of illusions of fear or even hope we will become deluded by the mind and find that we just cannot know the authentic Way…which is removing ourselves from the fear that the untrained mind can depress us with.
Just watch! Just watch…without looking through the kaleidoscope of mind. Get simple and stand back and watch, unaffected by the influences of emotional fear and how thoughts work in the mind. We must learn to trust in the observation of thought and not by the induction of thought, itself.
Excerpt from the Commentary entitled “The Fear of Being Alone With Our Thoughts”
Separate yourself from distraction, sit quietly and simply watch for awhile - observe how fast the mind works and how painful the thoughts are that possess you
Observe the seeming “reality” that your mind presents to you through constant assumption and belief, which lead to nothing but illusion
The untrained mind is a kaleidoscope of illusion - practice seeing a thought for what it is...and what it is NOT!