The Stillness Meditation

Ideally, I should first talk about meditation and then you give the technique. But, this is not an ideal world, deal with it. ;P

What do you think of when you think of meditation? Perhaps you see people sitting in a cross-legged position with their eyes closed trying to quiet their mind by focusing their awareness on their breath. Well, that is just one type of meditation. Perhaps you have also tried it sometime. Perhaps you don’t get any noticeable results from it.

I’ll give you a simpler meditation. A variation of this meditation was extensively used by Gurdjieff with his disciples. This won’t take much of your time. There are two ways of going about this meditation.

First choice. Throughout the day, whenever you can, stop all movement. You don’t have to do anything else. Just stop. There should not be any gap between the thought of stopping and the action of stopping. If you wait or delay, then you will be caught up in the mind. Be committed to the process if you make this choice. You will be stopping at odd times and odd places. Practice. Practice with no goal in mind except to see what happens.

Second choice. Pick a time and a place; use this setting for your meditation practice. Now, all you have to do is sit, still. Cease all movement, not even your eyes should move. So, choose the position of your eyes accordingly because they are the most restless. In Zazen meditation, it is advised that you keep them half shut, so you are not trying to keep them open or closed.

What will happen? When you cease all physical movement, your attention will turn to your mind. It will come under a magnifying glass. All the voices in your head will be amplified. You won’t believe the amount of noise there is. Stay with it, listen to it, flow with it. With time, the voices will quiet down. Don’t try to stop them, just go on listening. Keep in mind, I said listening, not speaking. There is a difference. When you are listening to those voices, you disassociate from them.

Personally, I prefer the first choice. The suddenness of the practice takes much less time and is able to better create the gap in which you can disassociate from your mind.

You don’t need to sit in meditation for long hours.

Keep it short, keep it simple, keep it sudden.

You are not the voices in your head, you are the one who listens.

With love,

VR.

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You don’t have to be Happy

You don’t have to be happy all the time.

People now a days have become obsessed with happiness. This obsession would have been fine if they hadn’t also become so god damn afraid of unhappiness. It is okay to be unhappy or sad. People are people, not robots that can be programmed with one constant feeling.

Some days you’re on top of the world and some days you’re down in the dumps irrespective of the external circumstances. The poorest of people have great days and even Bill Gates has bad days. Keep moving with life, it’s in your getting stuck that the problem deepens. If only you were willing to accept what is and move with life, you’ll be much happier.

People get sad about being sad. How foolish is that? So you’re sad, its not a big deal. Go finish your work and go to sleep. If you feel sad, do some activity that is refreshing for you. Take a few breaths, with each successive breath gradually getting deeper. Then go for a walk in the park or to play some sport if the weather is suitable. I don’t know what works for you, but that does it for me.

Don’t ever be sad about being sad. That is a vicious circle to fall into. Come back to the present and get moving, literally moving. A lot of the time blood circulation can help with your sadness. A lack of movement in the modern society is a major cause of the unhappiness. The less you move, the more you recede into your head and away from the body and the present. Get moving, feel into your body and if you are still sad, call it a day. Sometimes it’s better to leave things to time.

Don’t resist what is, accept life and move in the direction that suits you.

Your man
-Vik