The enlightened sage Nisargadatta, in response to a visitor who asked him a question about what meditation was, said:
"Meditation is the firm resolution not to have even a thought."
Therefore, meditation consists in the interruption of the constant flow of thoughts in which all people are commonly immersed during their daytime life.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES MEDITATION MEAN?
All the higher spiritual teachings agree with the same central idea: meditation is about transcending the mind, with the thoughts and emotions it generates.
In the traditional discipline of yoga exactly the same concept is expressed, when in the second verse of Patanjali's yoga sutras we can read:
"Yoga consists in the inhibition of the movements of the mind."
To understand how incredibly difficult it is not to think about anything, try a little experiment yourself:
Sit down for a moment and try not to think about anything for a couple of minutes.
You will probably find it difficult, if not impossible, to even clear your mind for twenty or thirty seconds.
The incredible thing is that everyone takes for granted that this is the normal condition of human beings, that is, to live immersed in the continuous chatter and mental noise.
But if you look more closely, you might catch some dysfunctional aspects in it.
Thought, at a certain point in our evolution, arose within us. Subsequently it has developed and refined, to the extreme point where it seems that we have it completely lost control.
That is, it is no longer us who think, but paradoxically it is the thought that thinks through us. We have become victims of the incessant and noisy flow of thought that never gives up, not even for a minute.
So we delude ourselves that we have control over our thinking, while direct experience proves the exact opposite.
INSTANTS OF NATURAL OPENING TO MEDITATION
The only moments in which a very short space is created between one thought and the next are those in which we experience amazement, fear or beauty.
That is the moments in which we are fully alert and we observe what happens outside or inside us, without any conceptual interpretation.
Observing carefully without judgments, without interpretations or labels is the beginning of true meditation.
The way of meditation includes this simple secret: DON'T you can interrupt thoughts directly by making an effort not to think.
You can only do this by becoming fully present in the here and now. This means transcend the mind, even if at first you can only do it for short periods of time.
The more often you remember to turn on your awareness of the present moment, the more space you will get between one thought and another.
A common misconception about meditation concerns the fact that it is associated with sitting down with your eyes closed… meditating, in fact.
This is commonly called formal meditation.
And this is absolutely a good way to meditate. But there's more ...
CONTINUOUS MEDITATION (ALSO KNOWN AS NON MEDITATION)
An interesting definition that comes from the Buddhist tradition is that of "non-meditation".
When meditation becomes almost a state uninterrupted which covers both the diurnal and the nocturnal phase of can speak of not meditation or continuity of awareness.
Since to meditate means to transcend the mind through an active presence in here and now, you can also meditate while performing any task during your days.
As long as you maintain intense non-judgmental awareness of what you are experiencing inside and outside of you, by definition you are meditating.
Eckhart Tolle, who is considered the greatest living spiritual master, calls him lucid living, that is, lucid life, that is, living one's life in a state of alert awareness.
To implement this extraordinary way to meditate during the day life, Eckhart Tolle himself indicates some safe shortcuts to access what he calls the "power now”As the title of his extraordinary book.
According to his teaching, there are gods bring them to access the power of now, or the center of your being, which is inseparably united with the creative force of the universe, and which you can call God, consciousness, or Being, and are the following:
THE 4 PORTALS OF ACCESS TO THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION
Portal # 1) The inner body
The first portal to access the divine power that resides within each of us is to become aware of what he calls the inner body.
In a nutshell this means placing your attention on sensations more subtle coming from the body, of which we are normally unaware.
For example, the sensation of heat, pressure, weight, or any other perception we have of the body when we focus our attention on it.
The more often we focus our attention on the sensations coming from the inner body, the deeper we will go into the spiritual dimension.
Portal # 2) The presence
The second portal to access the divine power that resides within each of us is to be fully present in here and now.
That is, it means activating our attention by becoming pure observers of the events that take place inside and outside of us.
Being present means becoming the observer and also being aware that there is an observer who observes the events as they unfold. This state is called be aware to be aware.
It is as if our awareness could go up a series of steps to look at things from an ever higher perspective.
Good. Now let's move on to the next portal of awareness ...
Portal # 3) Silence
The third portal to access the divine power that resides within each of us is to be aware of silence.
Paying attention to silence is one of the ways Tolle suggested to access the power of now. Even if you are not in a quiet environment, if you listen carefully you can see that below the noise there is silence.
Silence allows noise and sounds to spread. Go in search of that silence and you will find access to the spiritual realm from which the peace and deeper well-being.
Portal # 4) Space
The fourth portal to access the divine power that resides within each of us is to be aware of the space that allows physical objects to exist.
As a passage from the Taoist manual Tao Te Ching goes:
"The cup is made of clay, but it is the void inside that is its essence."
Whenever you become aware of emptiness, you access that spiritual space from which life itself flows.
You can carefully observe the vast blue sky or the emptiness of the room you are in to begin to transcend the noisy and incessant din of the mind.
Good. These are the 4 major portals that the spiritual master Eckhart Tolle describes as exceptionally useful to start your spiritual journey with meditation, the true and authentic one.
Experiment and persevere in the exercises shown here today.
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Links to Eckhart Tolle's Italian resources:
📗 The book of THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle: https://amzn.to/3w0atjM
📘 50 INSPIRATIONAL CARDS drawn from THE POWER OF NOW: https://amzn.to/3CrBuid
📙 The book A NEW WORLD by Eckhart Tolle: https://amzn.to/3vYTBJT
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