At the end of a recent new meditation class, I was approached by a lady who told me was amazed that whilst during meditation, she was able to experienced her mind running and that she was able to see that she was separate from it.
Throughout her previous meditation experience, she had been trying to still her mind, to make it quiet and she had never achieved this which lead her to feel like she was failing, which in turn gave her mind a field of thoughts of not being good enough, etc.
She had not realised that stilling the mind was only one way to meditate. When we went into the witness mode in meditation, she was able to clearly see a space where she could watch the thoughts.
Thoughts come and go.
They are repetitive and constant when left unchecked.
This mind chatter is outside of the present moment and a projection of emotion, judgement, past experience etc.
If you are connected to the thoughts, you are in the past or the future.
When there is an experience of separation from the mind it brings about immense change.
When we realise that we can separate from the incessant chatter that is the mind at it worst, then we discover a dimension of ourselves that is "outside" of thought.
Separating from thought brings us into Being.
Being is "outside" of the realm of the thinking mind.
We start to pay attention to THAT which is always with us.
A Great Being used to say, "True religion is the religion of the SELF.
It lies in searching for one's true nature and stabilizing oneself there.
Thoughts, identities, egos and Religious traditions are based on concepts.
There is silence when these concepts are given up."
The awareness is a silent space, yet at the same time it is completely full.
To try and describe consciousness is impossible with words.
When we do try, it is only to point you in the direction of your SELF.
The space within the words is talking to a part of you that ALREADY knows.
The part of you that is timeless and eternal and is always there.
That is why it is familiar to you.
Make a movement today to be present.
Breath, be aware and relax.
Look for the space between the breaths, the moments of stillness.
The best thing about any of these tools that we use is you can start where you are now.
There is no waiting or planning.
Keep it simple. breath and be.
See for yourself what is outside the realm of thought.
Everyone is seeking peace it is just that they can't remember where to look.
We go about seeking through buying, achieving, striving, relationships, careers and accumulating more and more.
We get a sense of satisfaction or contentment from these things but the feeling is fleeting and before you know it you are seeking to fill that yearning again.
Peace is your natural state.
It is you already.
Being still and allowing is all you need do to find it.
The problem most of us find in being still is that we feel the "other stuff", the feelings we don't want to feel. Feelings that are uncomfortable so our trained response is to turn away from them and distract ourselves with outward things.
There is such beauty is being.
Once you are there, you realise the mind is trouble and you stop throwing stones at troubles door.
You stop participating in that which you are not.
So much fear is based on not having, not doing and not being enough.
When you stop participating in the madness of the ever revolving thought mind, you can see clearly.
You natural state is effortless and expansive, so much more than the fleeting and changing nature of the mind.
Many people say to me they feel bored if they are not doing.
What is boredom?
Is it not just another thought accompanied by a feeling of restlessness and unease?
What is beyond the boredom?
Boredom is of the mind.
I cannot remember the last time I felt "bored" as whether there is movement and participation in outwardly doing or sitting in being, there is always Self, Being. There is so much more to this life than the minds whirling and the outward achieving to fulfil something that is missing in us.
Take a moment to look.
Don't turn away from what you find.
Be with it as it is.
Allow what is happening to happen and be present with it.
Watch it, examine it.
Be REAL with yourself, as real as you can be in this moment.
Move beyond thought, recognize it for what it is.
You will marvel in the results.