Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by “watching the thinker,” which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, *be* there as the witnessing presence.

When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You’ll soon realize: *there* is the voice, and here *I am* listening to it, watching it. This *I am* realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind.
—  Eckhart Tolle
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In the desert
Do not be frightened
Do not challenge the winds
With your narrow breath
Do not fight with the sand’s
Empty heat with your anger
Do not call on what is not there
With your evocative lies
Stop with your frightened act
And make love to me
In this vast space.

~Aya Al-Hakim©

Some Masters teach that you should hold your spine erect. Is that always necessary?

In the beginning it is necessary. When one becomes a very advanced seeker it is not necessary. At that time one can do excellent meditation while lying down, while running, while jumping, at any moment. When one is advanced one does not have to maintain any particular posture. But in the beginning it is much better for the proper circulation of the breath to sit with spine erect. Once your consciousness goes far beyond the domain of the mind, it will not be necessary. Once you can go beyond the confusion of the mental world, you can take any posture. You can meditate anywhere and any way you want to. But in the beginning it is really advisable to sit with your spine erect.

- Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-5, No. 9,10

Meditation: Contemplation

by Saṃsāran

In our discussions of meditation I tend to focus on concentration and mindfulness. That is the focus of one’s mind on a single point and experiencing the now. However, this is only the first stage of meditation.  The next stage is “contemplation” which is focusing this narrow beam of consciousness on an idea.  The “idea” can be a concept such as “beauty” or “love” or even a real world problem such as dealing with a loved one who is suffering from soul sickness.  It works the same way.  We focus on the idea and when the mind wanders we gently return.  Done properly, this new kind of thinking breaks out of the linear mode we are used to.  We see new patterns, new solutions and new insights which were impossible in our old straight line thinking.

Contemplation is the practice of simply holding something in mind, within one’s awareness, for some time—allowing various truths or realizations to reveal themselves of their own accord. The main benefit of contemplation is that one can practice it anytime, anywhere, and carry on with their daily business without interruption.

Contemplation is often confused with intellectualization.

Intellectualization is more of a trying to work it out  and think thoughts and ideas through, type of approach—using the workings of the mind to follow ideas into more ideas.

Intellectualism uses reason and logic as tools to come up with a conclusion, whereas contemplation does not use reason or logic and simply uses space, time, and attention for its conclusions to be revealed.

Meditation practice cultivates ones ability to concentrate and it opens up the space within the body and mind creating the ideal conditions for contemplation.

When meditation cultivates the space within the body and mind, this space becomes like a fertile land ready for seeds of contemplation to be planted. Once the seeds of contemplation are planted in this fertile land, concentration is required to look after the seed, and to water it day in, and day out, so that it has the best chances of survival to grow big and healthy.

Without the sense of space within, the field is not ready for the seed of contemplation, and without concentration one cannot look after the seed long enough for it to grow.

Meditation is a necessary preliminary practice for deep and effective contemplation to take place.

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The Way is shown to you from millions of directions. People have become enlightened through watching a dog, through watching a cat. People have become enlightened through watching a dead leaf falling from the tree. People have become enlightened through every sort of situation. But one thing is absolutely necessary, and that is watching. Dog, cat, the tree, the river—irrelevant. People become enlightened through WATCHING.
So whatsoEVER the situation, you watch. And watch without any prejudice. And watch without the past. Watch without any thinking on your part. Don’t interpret. Watch! If your eyes are clear, if your perception is clear, and you watch silently, every situation leads towards the Divine. And this is how it should be! Every situation, every moment of life, leads toward the Divine.

Somebody asked Rinzai, a Zen Master, ‘What is the way to know the Ultimate?’
Rinzai had gone for a morning walk with his staff in his hand. He raised his staff in front of the eyes of the questioner, and said, ‘WATCH this staff! If you can watch this, there is no need to go anywhere else.’
The man must have found it a little puzzling. He looked here and there and he said, ‘But how can one attain to enlightenment just by watching a stick?’
Rinzai said, ‘It is not a question of what you watch. The question is that you watch. Right now it happened that the staff was in my hand, that’s all.’

Anything, if you watch, will give you the clue. Watching is the only method. Call it awareness, call it observation, call it witnessing—but watch. Live life with a watchful eye. And every thing, the smallest, leads to the greatest. Everything leads to God.
You have heard the saying that ‘Every road leads to Rome.’ It may not be true—but every path leads to God.
Wherever you are, become watchful, and your face is immediately turned toward the Divine. Through watching, the quality of your inner consciousness changes. Be watchful!

Jesus goes on saying to his disciples, ‘Be watchful!’ But as it happens, disciples are almost deaf. When it was the last night, and Jesus was going to be crucified the next day, that night he said, ‘Now I will do my last prayer, and you all watch. Be alert! Don’t fall asleep!’
After an hour, Jesus came back from the tree where he was praying—all the disciples were fast asleep, snoring. He woke them and said, ‘What are you doing? I had told you: be watchful, alert!—and you have fallen asleep.’
They said, ‘We were tired. And we tried, but the sleep took over.’
Jesus said, ‘Now be more watchful—because this is the last night! I will no more be with you again.’ And again after half an hour he came back, and they were fast asleep.
What was he saying? He was giving them the key word: ‘Be watchful.’ And what else can a master give when he is departing? In this word, ‘Be watchful,’ all the scriptures exist in their essence.
Thrice Jesus came again. There are only two things infinite I say: the compassion of a master and the stupidity of the disciple. Infinite, two things.
Thrice he came and he said, ‘Again you are asleep?’ And that night would have become enlightenment for all those disciples, because Jesus was at his pinnacle—the very peak. And he was praying: in that moment of Jesus’ prayer the whole atmosphere in that Garden of Gethsemane was CHARGED. If those disciples had been watchful, immediate sudden enlightenment would have been possible. But they were fast asleep.

To you also, I say, be watchful!—because I will not be here for long. A little while more. You can miss and you can find excuses. Be watchful! Be alert!

Jesus always used to tell a story, that a master went for a journey. And he told his servants, ‘Be watchful twenty four hours a day, because any moment I can come back. And if I find you asleep, I will throw you out. So keep alert! Somebody MUST be alert and aware. You can divide the time by shifts, but I must find a few servants alert and aware whenever I come.’
But the servants thought, ‘The journey is very long, and it will take almost years, so no need to worry about it right now. After a year we will be watchful. For this whole year we can enjoy and indulge and sleep well. And we are free—the master is gone.’
And when the master came… He came after three years, but when for one year completely you sleep and indulge and become lazy, then it is not easy. Then they started postponing: ‘He has not come yet, and no message has come. Who knows whether he is alive or dead? And we have not heard anything at all.’ They forgot completely.
When the master came, they had not only forgotten that the master existed, they had not only forgotten that they had to be alert, they had completely forgotten that they were servants. They had become the masters by that time.
This is what has happened to every mind, to every consciousness.

And remember: God can knock at your door any moment. If you are not watchful, you will miss. He can knock from a dog. He can knock from a flower. A bird takes wing—and He can knock there. He can use any opportunity to knock at your door.
Remain alert so that when the Guest comes He does not find you asleep; when He knocks at your door, you are ready and you have prepared the house for the Guest—and your heart is ready to receive.

Be watchful. Through being watchful, by and by, the ego will die, because ego is created by a non-watchful mind, an unalert mind. Through watching, witnessing, the ego dies. And nothing is possible until you die.

—  Osho

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340 - Context

Context. Connection. Engagement.
If we understand these words,
We do not need esoteric terms.

We can say that Tao is the context for everything, but we must go deeper than that.

All things are relative to their surroundings and to us. Strictly speaking, something that is one way to us will be another way to someone else. It might be very subtle, but there will be differences worth considering.

What do we do with this understanding? First, we have to reconsider that all things are connected. Although the angles of relationships shift and differ for each of us, we must be aware of the actual connections and even take advantage of them.

Secondly, we have to understand that relationships are transitory. We must have constant awareness to fit ourselves into the changing constellations of life.

Thirdly, we have to understand the value of our own point of view. Out of this mass of changing concordances, we must pick out the coordinates by which we act at any given moment.

We should take comfort in this situation. As long as we engage life fully, we need not fear being separated from the essential current of life.

- Deng Ming-Dao