Meditation – In latin meditare means to reflect upon, the opposite of trying to silence your thoughts. But there is a huge difference in between having a thought and the thought having you. If there is a thought be with it, and when it passes just be. As opposed to relaxation meditation is done with a very conscious mind, with as much awareness as possible. The more awareness of your being (in time) the deeper the meditation. The form is irrelevant, as long as you can get to the point of awareness. It can be done sitting, while doing something, or with technics like the Zen, Mantra, or Vipassana (awareness of breathing) meditation. Yoga is another form/technic of meditation, or focusing on our body’s movement. Golf can be meditative when you focus your body to only have the ball in sight. Biking, racing, washing dishes, listening to music, looking, listening, thinking, eating, touching, digging…anything that you do with as much awareness as you can, is meditation. We teach you to integrate meditation in all you do, to live a life more aware, more there, and more here. Why? Because it is one of the most healthy things we can do. Chemically it lowers the stress hormones, after smoking the main cause of certain disease.
A meditation practice is highly rejuvenating, and has to be a natural part of a healing lifestyle. It’s a way of concentrating to the point of allowing us to transcend time, space and causation. Beyond sleeping and resting it heals our minds profoundly and quickly. The senses are used during meditation to receive subtle messages that we otherwise would be unaware off. As with running, writing, playing golf, or listening to music, any other form of high concentration, we free ourselves from conventional forms, or the belief systems we have internalised. Meditation steers the concentration away from that which has been internalised to that which is external.
The ancient yoga tradition teaches us to practice “awareness” of what is, non-judgment, and compassion to understand ourselves and everything around us in our everyday lives. When we become aware we can change what needs to be changed, a process of respect and connectedness, and ultimately reach a state of oneness (samadhi), or what is considered the highest form of being. This is the part of the ancient Vedic texts that was explained by Kabat-Zin as Mindfulness, a word that is so popular today, but also very wrongly understood as something that “has to be done”. No, nothing has to be done. Just be, and awareness comes with the practice of just being. Samadhi can be described as the spiritual, physical and mental awareness of being part of everything, like the drop becoming aware of being in the ocean. What stops the drop from being aware is the Ego.
Ego = Distance to God
d (distance) = rt (rate) and (time)
Just as in physics we can describe Distance (d) as a result of resistance, or a measurement of mass and friction, velocity and time. When the shift of awareness arrives it is bliss, and simply awesome and so freeing 🙂