“I can watch my mind play or I can choose to identify with my mind, It’s a choice.” ~ Gurly Christine H. Hafsmoe

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Meditation – from Ancient Music in the Pine #7 7′ (1)

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WHAT is meditation? Is it a technique that can be practiced? Is it an effort that you have to do? Is it something which the mind can achieve? It is not.

 

All that the mind can do cannot be meditation — it is something beyond the mind, the mind is absolutely helpless there. The mind cannot penetrate meditation; where mind ends, meditation begins. This has to be remembered, because in our life, whatsoever we do, we do through the mind; whatsoever we achieve, we achieve through the mind. And then, when we turn inwards, we again start thinking in terms of techniques, methods, doings, because the whole of life’s experience shows us that everything can be done by the mind. Yes. Except meditation, everything can be done by the mind; everything is done by the mind except meditation. Because meditation is not an achievement — it is already the case, it is your nature.. It has not to be achieved; it has only to be recognized, it has only to be remembered. It is there waiting for you — just a turning in, and it is available. You have been carrying it always and always.
Meditation is your intrinsic nature — it is you, it is your being, it has nothing to do with your doings. You cannot have it, you cannot not have it, it cannot be possessed. It is not a thing. It is you. It is your being.
Once you understand what meditation is things become very clear. Otherwise, you can go on groping in the dark.
Meditation is a state of clarity, not a state of mind. Mind is confusion. Mind is never clear. It cannot be. Thoughts create clouds around you — they are subtle clouds. A mist is created by them, and the clarity is lost. When thoughts disappear, when there are no more clouds around you, when you are in your simple beingness, clarity happens. Then you can see far away; then you can see to the very end of existence; then your gaze becomes penetrating — to the very core of being.
Meditation is clarity, absolute clarity, of vision. You cannot think about it. You have to drop thinking. When I say, ‘You have to drop thinking,’ don’t conclude in a hurry, because I have to use language. So I say, ‘Drop thinking,’ but if you start dropping, you will miss, because again you will reduce it to a doing.
‘Drop thinking’ simply means: don’t do anything.
Sit. Let thoughts settle themselves. Let mind drop on its own accord. You just sit gazing at the wall, in a silent corner, not doing anything at all. Relaxed. Loose. With no effort. Not going, anywhere. As if you are falling asleep awake — you are awake and you are relaxing but the whole body is falling into sleep. You remain alert inside but the whole body moves into deep relaxation.
Thank you for sharing with me beloved Pramod.

DANCE!

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“If you really dance, thinking stops. You go on and on, you whirl and whirl, and you become a whirlpool — all boundaries, all divisions are lost. You don’t even know where your body ends and where the existence begins. You melt into existence and the existence melts into you; there is an overlapping of boundaries. And if you are really dancing — not managing it but allowing it to manage you, allowing it to possess you — if you are possessed by dance, thinking stops.” ~Osho

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HOME WITHIN

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My path is the path of stopping, the path of enjoying the present moment. It is a path where every step brings me back to my true home. It is a path that leads nowhere. I am on my way home. I arrive with every step. ♥

~Thich Nhat Hanh~

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Let go of what you can’t control. Channel all that energy into living fully in the NOW. ~ Karen Salmansohn

Don’t let regrets about the past or fears about the future stop you from fully enjoying your present. A good way to ensure you’re living fully in the present is to make sure you’re fully using all of your miracle senses – and seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching – and intuitively being – as much as you can in a day! Most people pay attention to mostly what they see around them. But you have so many wonderful other senses as well to tap into. Added perk: When you tap into your senses – this mindfulness can happily double-up as a form of meditation – further stopping your mind from wandering to regrets about the past or fears about the future. So today be sure to fully tap into ALL of your miracle senses – and passionately!

Source: Karen Salmansohn, best selling author

“Just forget all about enlightenment. Enjoy simple things with total intensity. Just a cup of tea can be a deep meditation. If you can enjoy it, the aroma of it, slowly sipping it, the taste of it…. who cares about God? ~ Osho

Be the watcher of your mind, your thoughts

Gautam Buddha has made it a meditation. He called it upeksha — indifference. Just be indifferent to the mind, and it won’t be a disturbance for long. And it is worthwhile to wait and not be in a hurry, because the very hurry will make your mind more stubborn. If you want to push it away, it will come back with force. You just let it do whatever it wants to do. It is none of your concern, this way or that. Suddenly a watchfulness arises. It takes a little time. It depends on you, how much indifference you can create towards the mind, how much you can be watchful. The mind will become slowly, slowly rejected. It will stop doing its things, because now nobody is interested. For whom to do all the circus? Osho

 

Painting Meditation

Art is meditation; any activity becomes meditation if you are lost
in it, so don’t just remain a technician. If you are just a technician
then painting will never become a meditation, you have to be crazily into it, madly into it, completely lost, not knowing where you aregoing, not knowing what you are doing, not knowing who you are.
This state of not knowing will be meditation; let it happen. The
painting should not be painted but only allowed to happen – and I
don’t mean that you just remain lazy, no, then it will never happen. It has to ride on you, you have to be very very active and yet not doing it. That is the whole knack, that is the whole crux of it: you have to be active and yet not a doer.

Go to the canvas. For a few minutes just meditate, just sit silently
there before the canvas. It has to be like automatic writing. You take the pen in your hand and you sit silently and suddenly you find a jerk in the hand and it is not that you have done it, you know that you have not done it. You were simply waiting for it. The jerk comes and the hand starts moving, something starts happening.

That way you should start your painting. A few minutes
meditation, just being available. Whatsoever is going to happen you will allow to happen. You will bring all your expertise into letting it happen.

Take the brush and start. Go slowly in the beginning, so that you
don’t bring yourself in. Just go slowly. Let the subject start flowing
through you on its own accord and then be lost in it. And don’t think of anything else. Art has to be for art’s sake, then it is meditation. No motive should be allowed to enter into it. And I’m not saying that you are not going to sell your painting or you are not going to exhibit it; that is perfectly OK but that is a by-product. That is not the motive.

One needs food so one sells the painting, but it hurts that one sells it; it is almost like selling your child. But one needs to so it is OK. You feel sad, but it was not the motive; you had not painted it to sell. It has been sold – that is another thing – but the motive is not there, otherwise you will remain a technician.

You should get lost. You need not remain there, you should
completely disappear into your painting, into your dance, into
breathing, into singing. In whatsoever you are doing you should be
lost completely in un-control.

OSHO