As humans I’ve noticed we give a lot of honor and attention and identity to our mind. Our thinking we have revered as our greatest attribute. However, too much attention here can get in the way of our joy and bliss!
Have you ever seen the animation Mega Mind. Really this is what humans should look like with the amount of attention we give our thinking mind – huge heads with little bodies. We have become a people that want to know answers, have to have the facts and need to analyze everything. Look at our school systems. They train kids from an early age that smart means knowing your facts and having the right answer.
So what is so bad about this hyper focus on our mind?
It robs us of the present moment and the joy and bliss that is available to us in our human experience.
Have you ever tried to sit still or formally tried to meditate? Does your mind wander? Are you flooded with thoughts? Then you throw your hans up and say its useless I can’t meditate; my mind wont stop.
What if that is not an indicator that you can’t meditate?
What if sitting still and meditating is perhaps enjoying watching the mind do its thing with out judgement or focus.
What if meditation helps us become a fly on the wall of life and become a powerful observer rather then a doer.
As the thoughts go by, allow them, as judgements go by allow them, as stories or past traumas or to do lists surface allow them. Allowing them means peal away from them and observe them rather than being them. One tool is to just see each thought in a bubble and watch it eventually float away. Meditation is not necessarily about sitting still with a completely clear blank mind, but the practice of not being attached, or effected by the thoughts themselves.
Some schools of thought even say that most of our thoughts are like radio waves we are picking up from someone else’s mind. The amount of thoughts you have in your head does not make you a good or bad meditator. It is a presence practice that assists us in bringing presence to our everyday moments. Presence allows us to live in the moment with out attachment to the past and with out projections of the future. It is in the present moment we have available to us a deep bliss even if we are not doing something “fun.
What if beingness is the joy we have all been searching for while we are trying to have the most fun adventure. What if it is right there available to us at all times and there is nothing we HAVE TO DO?
Today I had a lovely practice. I tuned into a ease and bliss that was delightful. Perhaps it is a practice you would like to play with.
First I sat still for 10 min. With my hands in prayer position,I called in Holy Fire Reiki (if you have Reiki call it in, if you don’t, ask to align with divine love and light) and then I focused on the energy between my hands. I allowed any thoughts that came through. Then after 10 min I chanted the Gayatri Mantra, A lovely chant that is said “brings about the second birth, which is freedom from attachment to suffering.” The Naked Voice pg. 122. I chanted this for another 10- 20 min.
There is a space beyond thinking that allows us to perceive, know and be. It is a lighter flavor of energy that has a blissful quality of possibility to it and is available to all of us. Our minds and thinking are wonderful tools yet not the source of our greatness. It is this confusion that our minds are what make humans great may be our own demise.
Practice bliss, practice presence, allowance and detaching from the mind and see what may shows up!
AND be in total allowance of yourself in the process as your mind tries to kick and scream with more and more thoughts to get attention. Beyond that tantrum, just like with toddlers, is a deep love and presence. Forge on in the stillness!
This stillness fuels our bliss and this bliss fuels possibility with our creativity, our relationships, our voice, or business and our health!
Here is a video of the chant if you would like to try it!