How are you feeling?
Could you pause.
Be with your feeling.
And see it, as a wave that rises and falls and rises, in the ocean of being.
Can we stop analysing what is happening.
Can our habit of thinking about what to do in the next moment, stop. For a few moments.
Can we let go of the impulse to move to the next page, to the next image, to click and scroll away.
Can we allow this feeling we are experiencing, to reveal itself, in all its intensity.
The word ‘meditation’, as used here, is a practice of simply being, with whatever is.
The world has taught us the opposite. ‘Think positive’, ‘work hard’, ‘make use of your time’. Meditation is to not think this, or that, but to simply allow whatever thoughts arise in the mind, to be. Meditation is not to fight a battle against oneself and work hard. Meditation is not productive. It is simply doing nothing. It is leisure.
Like the moon that simply is, in the dark night sky, glowing in its luminous light. A cat quietly resting. A mountain, still and solid in its glory. It is possible for us to simply be, and not strive to become something.
Depending on your state of mind, meditation will make you feel what the above text has made you feel. Calm, agitated, or something else.
When made a frequent practice, it shifts the flow of our life towards stillness and acceptance of life, rather than a perpetual struggle against it.
Meditation does not numb us to our suffering and that of others. It makes us more capable of feeling the intensities of personal and collective pain, so we may respond with consideration and creativity, yet it also allows us a freedom to not be entangled in that suffering.
The depths of the ocean of consciousness are inexhaustible, and the journey infinite.
I ‘teach’ meditation, on the above lines, using a simple practice of attending to the breath while allowing all thoughts and feelings to come and go, as they please.
If you would like to attend a meditation session online or in person, please contact me.
There is no charge for these sessions. Learning meditation would mean a session of about 90 minutes, followed by similar ones, about once a fortnight. Usually, 2 or 3 people may attend such a session.
There are no belief systems involved, spiritual or otherwise. If you are thinking about a belief in some spiritual state, or in personal development, you have already left behind what is truly real at this moment – the subtle and intense flow of feelings, sensations and thoughts, which is our reality.
The meditation teacher is just an ordinary person, with his own struggles and his own journeys in life, and has no authority over you. He has practiced meditation over a long time and finds joy in sharing this practice.
There are enough gurus in the world, and one need not add to that expanding population.
A meditation practice can be particularly helpful for those who are unable to come to therapy for financial or other reasons.