Week Two - - - Day Five
Be Still and Know I am God
Cultivate an Empty Mind
Cultivate a Quiet Mind
“Letting go” as letting go, not being good
Meditation is a vacation from the world of your life as a Human DOER and a chance to nourish yourself as a Human BEING.
And who are you when you are BEING?
And what are you when you are BEING?
Meditation, either sitting or talking walk in nature, or taking a walk in the city, or setting your intention to go about anything in a meditative way, is you chance to BE.
At ease. Peaceful. In no hurry. Neither with the next thing, nor back in the past things: just right here now.
And we have played the meditation game before.
One reason is that the cultivation of a quiet and peaceful mind is, along with a sense of humor about oneself as an imperfect being, the most important way to stay out of couple’s “stuff.”
We’ve already laid out the Believe your thinking game vs Don’t believe your thinking game.
Meditation is in a way, the cultivation of how delightful and peaceful it is to not believe your thinking.
Another reason to come to meditation again is that it is a symbol of the freedom when can have at almost any moment when we come to the Now.
The Now doesn’t have a bunch of words attached.
If we can simply return to the Now of seeing the sky, without the words about the sky, or the words about we don’t have time to waste looking at the sky, we are free to be in a state of delight to be alive.
This I would call happiness.
I HAVE THE SENSE THAT ANY TIME WHEN WE HANG OUT IN THE WORDLESS NOW, WE HAVE A FREEDOM THAT IS ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING HAPPINESS.
Maybe you’ll agree, or maybe you’ll discover a way to be unhappy and have no words in your head.
But for me, this is how it seems:
No words in your head, and there are no words to tell you that you are wrong, or the chew away at someone else being wrong.
No words in your head and there are no words to tell you what you need to do in the future.
No words in your head and there are no words to tell you what didn’t go right in the past.
It’s just now, now, now with no words.
So, let’s play three more games around a meditation of hanging out in no words.
We’ll take the heaven, earth and in between model as a way of playing this meditation game.
Earth, Heaven, In Between Meditation Game #1:
Stand as before, holding one wrist up high over your head.
Lengthen a little gently.
Lift one foot off the floor and begin to scrape it on a carpet or soft grass like surface.
Sometime scrape the top of the toe side of the foot.
Sometimes scrape the bottom of the toes side of the foot.
Feel yourself as a skeleton, standing on Earth, and allowing your skeleton to hold you upright in Earth.
Switch which foot you stand on and notice the difference.
PAY FULL AND DEEP ATTENTION TO ARMS, LEGS AND SPINE AS YOU DO THIS. FEEL THIS AS YOU BEING THE EARTH.
Now you have your Earth base.
You can invent almost any standing on one leg exercise to get yourself “grounded,” and this is “grounded” indeed.
Feeling your arms and legs and spine.
Make sure you aren’t leaning back against the back of the chair, or against a wall.
You want your head over your spine.
Earth, Heaven, In Between Meditation Game #2:
Be deeply sensing your arms and legs and spine.
Look for the silence between thoughts.
Take an attitude of “let it go,” “Let ‘em go,” “So What?” to the various thoughts that might want to come.
Smile and realize you don’t have to finish any thoughts.
You don’t have to make sense of any thoughts.
You don’t have to prepare anything to say to anyone anytime.
Look for and enjoy the peace of no words, when that comes.
When it doesn’t come, add in the “In-between.”
Earth, Heaven, In Between Meditation Game #3
Keep the sensing in your body, arms and legs and fingers and toes and spine.
Feel your place in gravity.
This is you as Earth, and you on Earth.
Enjoy the peace of those times when there are no words in your head.
This is Heave.
Follow your breathing deeply into your belly.
This air is the sustaining material between heave and earth.
This air is practical and real: it is keep us alive.
The breathing is often very soothing. It is a mark that we are alive.
To care for the breathing with attention is as if to care for ourselves, certainly to care for our Life, to care for Life.
Smile with each breath.
Let the breath and the arms and legs and the spine and fingers and toes be what they are REAL.
Experience your experience of the REAL right now.
If thoughts come, see which you prefer, the thoughts or the real.
It’s a deep habit.
Let go of the thoughts and come back to the real.
And the silence is real, too, and you don’t have to concoct any words to explain that.
Just feel it.
That’s the games.
And they can be played cooking or walking or listening to someone else talk, or folding your clothes, or swimming and riding a bike.
Or . . . to be discovered, how many places and ways can you enjoy Earth, Heaven and In Between as a meditation?