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Dancing in The Light

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Meditation sometimes seems hard, many teachings indicate the need to
still the mind, but use many words to say how words cannot convey
true meaning; the finger pointing to the moon can never be
the moon it leads us to,
knowledge is to be experienced.

But the methods can seem difficult to achieve, the mind is restless,
thoughts distract us, we drift and keep having to remember
what we’re supposed to be doing, leaving us bored and so
never experiencing the bliss of successful meditation.
Some methods feel convoluted and maybe just make us
think more, not less, so how can it be achieved
easily and naturally?

No Mind is a simple but incredibly powerful method
anyone can do at any time, it makes finding stillness and
peace of mind so much easier and quicker to achieve,
and some of the most beautiful experiences can become
accessible to you without any effort.

No need to focus too much on your breath, just imagine that
the in-breath is travelling out, and the out-breath is
travelling in, feeling it moving against your throat
in the opposite direction.

Every state of mind has an associated breathing pattern,
so by slowing your breathing you will calm your mind,
and as you calm your mind the less you need to breathe,
the less you think, the less your brain needs.

Once you have done it a few times you will find that the breathing
will take care of itself, and eventually there will be longer gaps
when you almost forget to breathe at all.

Here’s the important bit:

There is a moment, just before your next thought becomes words,
when you know what the thought will be without letting
language get involved, so the only thing to remember is
“no words, know words”.

As you relax with your eyes closed, interrupt each thought
before it becomes a full sentence and just know the meaning
of the words without thinking them, and after a few times
you will find you are able to lengthen the gaps
between each thought, and you can effortlessly
achieve a trance state.

Without words to interfere, images can start to develop as if
looking through rippling water at first, and you might experience
visions so real you have to question if your eyes are open.

If your mind drifts on to other matters, such as tasks and
issues still to be dealt with later, just acknowledge that
the time for thinking about a solution can wait, and will indeed
be improved by returning to the gaps between
thoughts for the next few minutes.

I hope you find this simple technique useful, and that it
provides you with a powerful but easily-achievable sense of
peace and calm to help you get through the day.

I created my cobra illustration by hand, cell by cell, taking around
12 months to make, carefully twisting each cell into
dynamic relationships with the surrounding cells.

July 2003

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