I hope you have enjoyed wonderful meditation sessions at home or with others the last week! Here see one of my friends in deep meditation, clearly completely thoughtless.
You might have found out that each and every meditation is different. Sometimes it is easy to slide without any effort into the state of meditation, where we enjoy the silence within. Sometimes we might even feel all this nourishing energies at work, flowing to those parts in our body that need attention. But sometimes it can be really difficult to stop all those thoughts that keep our attention in their grip! Then what to do?
Meditation starts by being thoughtless. When there are no thoughts going through our head than we are in the state which we call Mental Silence. Dr. Ramesh Manosha, who led an extensive Meditation Research Program in Australia , explains it like this:
The authentic experience of Mental Stillness and/or Mental Silence is neither concentration, nor relaxation, nor is it a different way of thinking. Mental Stillness is the experience of inner silence, which brings a peaceful and clearer awareness.
Mental Silence is a state of effortless balance and integration, that facilitates not only the reduction of stress, but other therapeutic and integrational processes. This experience helps reduce stress and facilitate individual and interpersonal performance.
Now, if it is really difficult to become thoughtless I have a little trick: I watch Star Trek. And while I am watching most of the times I sit on the floor and have both my hands down towards Mother Earth. It seems that watching something that is “out of the world” calms me down, I can slowly detach myself from whatever has happened during the day and with my hands down I allow Mother Earth to balance me.
Which does not mean that everyone has to watch Star Trek now! No, the truth is, as many people there are as many different ways there are to help us becoming thoughtless. For some it might be sports, for some music, for some being creative, the list is endless. Find out what it is for you! Are you the one with the guitar in his hands?
Or more the one who likes to swing a brush?
Does your thought processing slow down when you go for a run, or do you become thoughtless when you just look at a beautiful sculpture? And here is a small surprise: Whatever helps you to become thoughtless is also something that gives you joy! So here is a small but significant formula:
Meditation = A State of Being Thoughtless = Joy
Did you notice something in my last sentence? I did not say ‘the more you meditate’, I said ‘the more you are in meditation‘. Because you do not do anything to meditate. You just are. Here and now. In a state of thoughtless awareness. That means you can meditate wherever you are, in the metro, on the bus, even in work. The only thing you have to learn is to control your thoughts. Then you truly are a master of meditation!
(sit wherever you like, on the floor, on the couch, in the bath tub… important is that you feel comfortable):
And don’t forget: 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening! You might soon notice the benefit of doing it!