Peace and the light of wakefulness is ever-here, ever-present. May the truth of your Being shine brightly, and all mental delusions be naturally illuminated and dissolve in this light of wholeness.
"All things, trees, flowers, birds, and the human form, all exist in and as one interconnected and boundless whole."
One could say, when the light of Presence and Being holds the space for the natural movement of mind and body, posture is taken properly. It is in identifying with the idea or feeling that "I am merely this body and/or mind", that different thoughts and emotions are then able to temporarily 'materialize' as they are given attention and belief... such as feelings of separateness, loneliness, fear, anger, sadness, discontent, and lack of true fulfillment. These painful feelings can indeed be great teachers and often offer a great catalyst for a clearer seeing, though if we are able to see from a clearer perspective now, in this moment, then much, if not all, of that self-induced pain and suffering becomes quite unnecessary, and left to naturally dissolve on it's own in the clear light of Being and Awareness.
It is true that the human form and expression is an aspect of the Self to be valued and appreciated, though when seen clearly, it is seen as a part of the Whole, a wave in the Infinite Ocean of Consciousness. When limited identifications are seen for what they are and left alone, the Truth of our Being, our inherent wholeness, will naturally reveal Itself. Consciousness, like a light, penetrates through all darkness, all ignorance, all delusion, until all that is left is the purity, wholeness, and Light of Consciousness Itself. In this purity of Consciousness, things are seen with great clarity. Things are seen simply as they are, beyond the distorted filter of the mind. In this clarity, one's posture is seen to not only include the physical body, or the thoughts, though also the mountains, the passing clouds, the dancing butterflies, the meandering streams, and all that is.
"When the breath is calm, the mind is calm."
The breath is one of the most powerful tools in helping to get out of the head, and back into the Heart. Breath is the natural mantra, continually offering an anchor into this moment.
With each breath smooth and even, the breath is felt moving through the body, relaxing the body, quieting the mind, and soothing the nerves. The breath is continually arising from and returning to a place of deep stillness. This stillness is in the pauses at the top and bottom of each breath, and also found pervading the entire breath, as its source and support.
By smooth and mindful breathing, the thoughts quiet down and the attention is brought more deeply into the moment. Through noticing the movement of the breath through the body, there is also a deeper noticing of any tension present in the body, and an opportunity for a deeper letting go and relaxation into the moment.
The continued observation and regulation of the breath provides a stable energetic environment, more clearly revealing the Light of Consciousness in its eternal splendor.
With both dedication and grace, the mind will eventually become quiet and there will be a greater relaxation into one's Being. This Being is without the need of a support of any kind, as It is Self-supporting and Inherently Whole.
"The clear recognition of wholeness and fulfillment arises when there is no clinging to, or pushing away of, ideas or forms of any sort... one remains clear and open like the boundless sky. This is the essence of surrender."
Everything is already here, total, and fulfilled. When there is true emptiness, there is also true fullness, or true fulfillment. It is the ideas of lack and separation that are given attention and belief, which delude us and bring us the experience of pain and isolation. Peace and happiness are always found here, in and as one's own Heart.
The mind sometimes has various ideas, beliefs, assumptions, likes, dislikes, and so on. The identification with these ideas is what prevents the direct recognition of true happiness, contentment, and fulfillment. When certain conditions are not met, the mind becomes unhappy, and instead of saying "the mind is unhappy," there arises the statement "I am unhappy," when in truth the real "I" is simply the peace and stillness observing the thoughts. We allow ourselves to be a slave to the thoughts, without even knowing it. When all ideas and thoughts are seen clearly for what they are, without getting entangled in them, an ever-present stillness and peace is revealed. Motivations and inspirations then arise from a place of clarity, wisdom, and peace, rather than from a distracted, and discontented mind.
"Acceptance is to stay centered in the stillness of one's Being, observing things as they come and go, allowing for their natural flow."
Acceptance could be called the natural flow or the dance of life. From surrender, acceptance follows quite naturally. Surrender being the release of control and sense of doership, and acceptance being the natural and spontaneous flow of life that arises out of that release. If there is still a strong preoccupation with thought and desire, and the sense of doership, then acceptance will come with more difficultly.
The art of acceptance is allowing thought and action to arise naturally from a place of stillness and Presence, rather than from the sense of doership, which naturally gives rise to the feelings of lack and separation, and of needing to control one's environment. When all thought, form, and experience is seen to spontaneously arise of it's own accord in stillness and not-knowingness, a new freedom, creativity, and spontaneity will begin to flower naturally in the life expression. Instead of the old ego-mindedness of "I know best", there is an opening to grace and a deeper gratitude for the present moment at hand. When the mind becomes more quiet, space is made for a deeper intuitive guidance to arise. With a quiet mind there is also a fuller acceptance of all that arises and all that passes away, appreciating life as it unfolds in each moment.
"Essentially, meditation is not something we can do, or practice, for it is not a matter of doing, it is simply a matter of Being."
With that said, spending at least 15 minutes each day for seated meditation can offer a valuable foundation for staying more firmly seated in/as Presence... which is indeed ever-Here. Gradually as sitting becomes more comfortable and there is a greater resonance with Being, one may be drawn to sit longer. As attention stays with Presence, it also begins to merge and dissolve with and in this effortless Being / Presence. At the same time, the Heart of Being and Awareness seems to simultaneously blossom and unfold from within. Ultimately all distinction of inside and outside falls away. The sense of doership will also continue to fall away, as it is more clearly seen temporarily arising and passing away in this effortless Silence and Presence, naturally revealing the wholeness that Is.
Here are some basic guidelines for seated meditation:
To set up the posture, sit the hips on a firm blanket or cushion to help elevate them to at least knee level. If it feels right, one can also light a candle and some incense, and also find a physical space somewhere that is more quiet and free of distractions. One can sit the body in a comfortable cross-legged position, or if sitting cross-legged is not comfortable, one can also sit in a chair with the feet flat on the floor. Hands can be folded in the lap, or they can rest on the knees, with the palms facing up or down. With the body sitting tall, feel all of the points of the body touching the ground relax and naturally sink and root downward. Feel the back of the head extend toward the sky, feeling the alignment of energy from the base of the spine up to the crown of the head. Let the body relax, while intuitively feeling space and alignment.
The eyes can be closed, or with the eyes open the physical gaze can rest steadily on a candle flame, or at a point or object somewhere in front of the body. If the eyes are open, while the physical gaze is forward attention should at the same time be turned inward, with the inner Being. This holds true for any other focal point, be it a chakra, a mantra, or the breath... it simply holds a calm, steady space for the natural revealing of effortless Being and Awareness. Then it is just a matter of keeping the attention with That, until there is just That. For instance, when observing the natural movement of the breath coming in and out through the nose, one can notice the stillness in the pauses at the top and bottom of each breath, also noticing that same stillness pervading the entire breath as it's source and support. One can then begin to intuitively stay with/as the effortless Silence & Presence that the breath, and waves of any kind are spontaneously arising and settling within.
Whatever arises (breath, thought, form, or sensation) it is all seen in the steady light of Presence and Awareness. Gradually the number of thoughts and their intensity will lessen and the non-dual Being / Awareness that is ever-Here will shine clear.
"To truly open up to the Infinite is to see your Self in all, and all in your Self."
It is the attachment to waves of various kinds which prevents the full recognition of one's true nature. Whether the wave be sound, thought, emotion, energy, or form, they all arise within the expansiveness of our Being. All waves are subject to birth and death, having their rise, and their eventual fall. The Infinite Self is like a boundless Ocean... All waves arise within this Ocean and are a part of it, though even as the waves arise, the Ocean remains the Ocean, always One, always Whole.
When all waves are seen clearly, appreciated for what they are, and simply allowed to take their natural course, they will blossom to fruition and then eventually dissipate and dissolve on their own. All the while, the Eternal Light of Consciousness and Love shines ever-present and pure.
There is nothing to gain or attain. All that is needed is to simply see things clearly as they are, beyond the distorted filter of the mind.
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