Tag Archives: Meditation

I DON’T WANT TO MEDITATE!

I Don’t Want To Meditate! “I don’t see the point of meditation. I don’t like people who meditate.” Well, that’s a good starting point – and we all have to start somewhere. We don’t have to meditate. We just have … Continue reading

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PERCEIVING THOUGHTS

Perceiving Thoughts As with perceiving phenomena, where neither thought nor judgement is necessary (unless there is a need), so the same with thoughts in meditation. If we do have to think or reason about something, we can do that later, … Continue reading

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WE CONSENT TO BEING DISTRACTED

We Consent To Being Distracted It’s a shock when we realise this. We may think that being distracted is involuntary, and that we are powerless and have no control. This is incorrect. We just haven’t noticed that we actually have … Continue reading

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OUR PROBLEM IS FASCINATION

Our Problem Is Fascination Fascination creates the noise of our delusion Fascination: interest, preoccupation, passion, obsession, compulsion, captivation, enchantment; allurement; charm, attraction, intrigue, attractiveness, appeal, magnetism, pull, draw. We have to balance our understanding of spiritual essence, and our functioning … Continue reading

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THERE IS MORE TO MEDITATION THAN JUST MEDITATING

There Is More To Meditation Than Just Meditating Meditation is the vehicle to recognise our true nature of pure awareness, pure consciousness. It also reveals how we take possession of a mistaken, mental, self identity. Meditation is nothing special, but … Continue reading

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THE QUALITY OF MEDITATION

The Quality Of Meditation What really counts is the quality of mind resting. Absolutely doing nothing. Just being aware. It counts because, throughout life, the quality and quantity of resting in our natural state of being mounts up. The outcome … Continue reading

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BEFORE GAINING CONFIDENCE

Before Gaining Confidence Before we gain confidence, we need conviction, and before conviction, we need to be convinced. So, what do we trust? Our spiritual journey usually starts by meeting someone, or by hearing or reading something that makes some … Continue reading

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I STILL WANT TO IMPROVE!

I Still Want To Improve! This is how we all feel. In the moment now, it’s true that there is nothing to improve as, in the moment now, there is only pure awareness – emptiness – with phantoms arising within … Continue reading

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WORKING WITH STRESS

Working With Stress Meditation is the answer. It just takes a little time to affect the whole system.

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MEDITATION HASN’T MADE MY LIFE BETTER…”

“Meditation Hasn’t Made My Life Better …” …nothing has changed It is possible that we feel this way. We are still feeding the beast – those concepts about ourself, and how we think we ‘should’ be. There are two aspects … Continue reading

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THE MORE WE SIT IN SILENCE …

The More We Sit In Silence … … the more change occurs, and the longer the realisation lasts. Meditation Meditation promotes relaxation of body, speech and mind, builds life force energy (prana) and develops compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness etc. … Continue reading

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VALUING MEDITATION TIME

Valuing Meditation Time in this precious human life. Our meditation period is our set time for concentration, inner peace and clarity, recharging our energies of body, speech and mind. Then, throughout the day, we remain mindful, which sustains this inner … Continue reading

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HOW TO BECOME A GOOD ALIEN

How To Become A Good Alien Alien: ‘belonging to another’, from alius ‘other’. Other: refers to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or known about. We are not talking about being ‘alienated’ or … Continue reading

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HEALING STARTS WITH MEDITATION

Healing Starts With Meditation …not with theories or philosophies. Sit, and watch the breath and mind. Detachment occurs between watched and watcher. Realisation; a watcher cannot be found; there is merely watching. Once we become familiar with this reality, it … Continue reading

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REAL CHANGE OCCURS

Real Change Occurs from long periods of sitting! When we sit in meditation for long periods, our whole system slows down to where it should be, totally relaxed. It is understandable that, when living in this modern corporate world, finding … Continue reading

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MEDITATION ISN’T MINDFULNESS

Meditation Isn’t Mindfulness Meditation is mind emptiness The practice of meditation is mindful awareness. When the practice of mindful awareness is dropped, mindful awareness turns out to be emptiness. Once mindful awareness realises the clarity of emptiness, the warmth of … Continue reading

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I CAN’T MEDITATE

I Can’t Meditate I want to meditate, but can’t. I don’t see the point of meditation; it seems so complicated. There are many responses to meditation, and sometimes the reasons for meditating are not clearly explained. We may be wary … Continue reading

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IS GOD A MEME?

Is God A Meme?* Is the ‘idea’ of God a meme? Not that God is a meme: ‘God’ is a word to describe a quality of pure existence. We can experience pure existence by recognising our own pure awareness, and … Continue reading

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STRESS INFLAMES THE BRAIN

Stress Inflames the Brain Longterm stress erodes memory, which means we neither function properly nor think straight – and we live in a world of stress! Being aware of stress and the causes of stress, and finding a solution to … Continue reading

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THE BEST MEDITATION IS…

The Best Meditation Is… when we stop meditating! Tulku Urgyen said, “Short moments many times.” This is essential in awareness meditation. We don’t hang on to anything, effortlessly relaxing, without the mental gymnastics of mindfulness. The Dzogchen approach is that … Continue reading

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THE ONE THING THAT SOLVES EVERYTHING

The One Thing That Solves Everything ..and you don’t have to be religious to understand this! Awareness. Awareness is the one thing that is undeniable. By awareness, everything is known. When awareness knows itself, it is half way to enlightenment. … Continue reading

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ABLE TO MEDITATE BUT NOT LIBERATE

Able To Meditate But Not Liberate Meditation is not liberation: it is the path to liberation. Meditation is a wonderful method to focus the untamed mind (the flibbertigibbet, the idle chattering), and so tame it. But meditation practice itself can … Continue reading

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I CAN’T FIND PURE AWARENESS WHEN I MEDITATE

I can’t find pure awareness when I meditate That means you’re trying too hard. Just relax. Our modern mind has been speeded up: pressure, time, job/career, family, mortgage, speedy food and drink lacking real nutrition, and over stimulation from media. … Continue reading

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WE ARE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS

We Are All Suffering From Mental Illness If we weren’t, we’d be enlightened! When the mind wanders, it suffers, because of ideas it holds about itself and the world in which it lives: this is conventional, relative reality. The mind … Continue reading

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ANTIDOTES ARE NEVER ENDING

Antidotes Are Never Ending Antidotes are a temporary measure – the ‘problem’ will repeatedly return. Understanding that the ‘problem’ is temporary reveals the true nature of the ‘problem’ – that it is empty of any true existence. So there is … Continue reading

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WASTING LIFE IN BEING DIFFERENT

Wasting Life in Being Different There are two aspects to meditation: focused attention and panoramic attention. In meditation terms, these are Shamata (watching the breath) and Vipassana (insight of awareness). During the early stages, we are still trying to change, … Continue reading

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GAINING CERTAINTY IN SPIRITUALITY

Gaining Certainty In Spirituality What is spirituality? It is pure-awareness. Pure-awareness is timeless spontaneous presence. There is nothing else; that is non duality. When pure awareness turns its attention outward, it is relating to things and ideas; this ‘relating’ is … Continue reading

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CLARIFYING STILLNESS AND EMPTINESS

Clarifying Stillness and Emptiness There’s been a lot of interest on the topic of stillness and emptiness. The nature of mind and mind consciousness are not the same thing, and neither are they separate. The nature of mind – our … Continue reading

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WHY WE SHOULD MEDITATE FOR OUR SELVES

Why We Should Meditate For Our Selves The Meditation Scientist Scientists and meditators use the same instrument: the microscope. For a scientist, this is a physical object, and for a meditator, it is the nature of mind looking at the … Continue reading

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HEALTHY HUMAN BEING

Healthy Human Being = healthy bacteria = healthy brain = healthy mind Seeing through the mirror, darkly or lightly We have a problem…actually, two of them: our body and our mind. Both can be the cause of not thinking straight. … Continue reading

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“I CAN’T MEDITATE”

“I Can’t Meditate” Being aware that we cannot meditate is meditation! First we must know why we meditate. The essence and nature of mind is infinite awareness: it is merely filled with temporary desires and aversions. We are naturally infinite … Continue reading

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NO MEDITATOR, NO MEDITATION

No Meditator, No Meditation When there is meditation, there is a meditator. So how can there be no meditator, and no meditation? This is not a mental conundrum; it is logical experience, gained by looking, seeing and dropping. When pure … Continue reading

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THE BEST ONE CAN SAY ABOUT MEDITATION

The best one can say about meditation “ ! ”

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RE-COGNISE

 Re-cogniseTo recognise, is to re-cognise, to know again, to validate. So when we recognise truth this is because we recognise what is already known. That is how we know. We only doubt because of not being quite sure what is … Continue reading

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EASY STEPS TO DELUSION

  Easy steps to delusion.   The main problem for new age philosophies is that they take parts of ancient teachings which are complete on the nature of mind, and so only ‘get’ a piece of the picture, which distorts … Continue reading

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THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING

The cause of suffering In general, we are controlled by our emotions. The emotions arise because of ideas we hold about our projected self. These ideas are re-enforced by the environment in which we live, which is due to our … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ‘R’ US

Thoughts ‘r’ Us  Where do they come from? Is it mind or essence?We all have thoughts.Maybe we think we shouldn’t …wrong!We merely have to distinguish between clinging reactionary thoughts, and thoughts that translate experience without clinging.  One set comes from … Continue reading

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MEDITATION CONTINUED

Meditation continued. Meditation has no characteristics or special culture. We merely tame the mind, and recognises our true nature. We can learn the basics of meditation to help calm the mind, and then we have a choice to make. Do … Continue reading

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MEDITATION

Meditation (As it’s the new year we might as well start from scratch.) Meditation is being ordinary. If we look at the mind, we find it runs all over the place. The ordinary observer – the awareness – gets distracted, … Continue reading

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WE ARE MEDITATING WHEN WE STOP MEDITATING

We are meditating when we stop meditating  Sometimes, when meditating, we try too hard. We are attempting to hold onto a state. We may even be saying to ourselves, “I must stay meditating.” This is doing meditation.  Then we come … Continue reading

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MEDITATION IS LIKE WATCHING A FILM

Meditation is like watching a film.  For a film to be projected it needs,a film, light and a screen.  The light is our essence.The film is the projection of our karma, our storehouse of reactions.The screen is the phenomenal worldonto … Continue reading

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STOP MEDITATING!

Stop meditating!  I often find I am meditating when I stop meditating.  It is said that people are not enlightened because they do not meditate. And Siddhis are not enlightened because they do meditate.  Simply put we need to meditate … Continue reading

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EXPECTING MEDITATION TO GET BETTER

Expecting meditation to get better.  We expect meditation to get better, but find nothing happening and get disheartened.  We hear all sort of stories about meditation but nothing happens to us. We just sit. And nothing happens.  We see all … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO BAD MEDITATION

There is no bad meditation.  When cognisant emptiness is recognised, there is no bad meditation: everything that arises is within emptiness.  “I can’t meditate!” “Why is that?” “Too many thoughts.” “But you are aware of the thoughts, right?” “Of course!” … Continue reading

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THE JOY OF DISCOVERING AN UNTRUTH

The joy of discovering an untruth. The only thing better than discovering truth, is discovering an untruth. Personal opinions are accompanied by self interest. Truth is accompanied by compassion. As scientists we are happy to eliminate what is untrue, to … Continue reading

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MEDITATION-SO WHAT?!

Meditation – so what?! Meditation is not the most important thing: liberation is. It is not enough to be able to concentrate and be still, while remaining deluded. Deluded means being still caught up in the vicious cycle of seeking … Continue reading

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CHOOSING THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS OVER ‘BEING’

Choosing thoughts and emotions over ‘being’?  Here we are, potentially enlightened beings, and all we do is remain trapped in our thoughts and emotions, which merely creates suffering for ourselves and others! Spirituality is about liberation – freedom from these … Continue reading

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MEDITATION WITHOUT FREEDOM

Meditation without Freedom.  We may be great meditators, but still not be free. I spent years meditating and not recognising my true nature: my present teacher suggested I had spent twenty five years in idiot meditation! This, as you can … Continue reading

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MUDDY WATERS

MUDDY WATERS The mud is obscurations. The water, our essence. Muddy water clears with meditation. Addiction to looking stirs the mud again. By looking, recognising and dropping, essence is revealed. Realising there never was any mud, there is nothing to … Continue reading

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