I’ve always felt when things become overly complex that something is amiss. It’s no different when thinking about topics such as spirituality, healing work, mediation and anything you are learning. I’m going to bring up the obvious because it can be easily overlooked partly because it is so simple.
During meditation you are aware of your thoughts, right? I’m sure the moment you sit down the thinking becomes loud and even very distracting for a majority of meditators. I’m venturing a guess here that most, if not all, have to contend with thoughts when they sit to meditate. This is one of the things that makes meditation so difficult and unappealing. When you think about it it’s almost absurd that your success as a meditator is governed by your ability to stop thoughts!! I’m going to propose a slight change in focus instead of trying to stop the thoughts.
Thoughts arise and YOU see them.
Some come up and easily pass and others come up and can cause you great disturbance. Either way, instead of just watching thoughts come and go begin to notice who can see the coming and going? It’s so obvious but it is so easily overlooked. If thoughts come and go WHO is watching them?
If possible I’m going to ask you to turn your attention toward what or who is watching. Don’t have an expectation about what you will find just sense into it. I don’t want to say too much about this because it is an important experience and I don’t want you to have any preconceived ideas about it. You have to experience it for yourself.
To whom or to what are the thoughts arising? Who is seeing the thoughts?
You don’t need to have an answer to these questions. My suggestion is to contemplate this for yourself. Take your time and notice how this is as you turn your attention to what is watching.
Once you become aware of this it is possible you will begin to notice this when you are not meditating but at first it may be helpful to try this in a relatively quiet and focused way.
You are now focused on the source rather than on what comes and goes.
For some this will be very powerful and you will know who you are. Looking this way repeatedly will have an incremental effect because you empower the source in your life through your continued attention.
If you don’t have a powerful experience don’t worry there is nothing wrong. It’s good to know you are the one watching and you never know when it could resonate more strongly. Life has a way of bringing you what you need when you need it. Be on the look out.
To be continued…