The path of a personal spiritual practice includes

becoming like a ‘virtuoso’ in meditation.

The goal of deep meditation is to find inner peace.

that turns simply sitting and doing ‘nothing’,

in an inspiring and ineffable experience

that is beyond mere words to describe yet

it is so subtle that most at first will not notice those deep depths.

Getting to those depths is like learning to play an instrument.

At first you learn the theory and the scales …

after many years of focused practice,

You start making deep music with subtle expressions

that transcend but include the basic scales learned as a beginner.

The initial stages of meditation, whether beginner or advanced.

it simply involves basic relaxation … not too relaxed and falling asleep.

Mindfulness relaxation of present moment awareness.

Before starting a meditation,

Make sure you find a space that is not distracting,

If that’s not an option, soundproof headphones work great!

Do some stretching and relaxation before sitting down.

Unless you’ve been lifted up to sit cross-legged,

It is better to sit in a padded chair.

Put something under the back legs to slightly tilt the chair forward,

Sit upright and don’t hunch over, but not too striated.

Imagine that you are like a pile of rocks in balance …

Once they are aligned, there is no effort.

At first, focus on whatever part of the body may be

tense, tight, sore, or uncomfortable …

Bring your awareness to the subtle sensations that arise.

when these problems are experienced … and then let them go.

Once you have become aware and have left the tensions behind,

then bring your awareness to your breath.

~ ~ ~

When meditation is perfected,

“Nothing is done, but there is nothing left to do.”

Take a few deep, slow breaths

then calculate your breathing to be deep and full.

Observe every part of the ‘experience’ of the breath.

entering … then with the breath,

all your breathing effort is done for the moment,

In this point,

there should be no tension anywhere.

But slowing down the mind of the monkey’s thoughts

and the constant ‘doing’ of the body …

then one may feel stresses and tensions too subtle to notice before …

And then let them go

This is a great advantage for one’s well-being.

Realize tensions before they turn into full-blown problems

can alleviate anything from being aware of

An anger about to erupt into a mess that can’t be undone

to help cope with overwhelming anxieties

Before it gets overwhelming

If one spent the rest of his life

practicing meditation just for this reason,

It will go a long way towards improving the quality of life.

~ ~ ~

Once you have relaxed into a deep, calm breath,

continue to notice the experience of the breath throughout its entire cycle.

In Zen, this is called Zazen.

In all traditions, this is the most common “object of meditation”.

The point is to train your mindfulness

be aware of an object in the present moment.

Starting with a broad spectrum of

everything that is going up and down in the present moment, to focus with

mindfulness ‘in a single point’ of a single object of meditation,

to the exclusion of all others.

Meditation deepens in stages.

As you begin to sit in this early stage of this current meditation, you become more aware of the subtle nuances in the experience of any tension, fear, or anxiety … by relaxing them and just letting them go …

Once you’ve ‘swept the body’ for tensions or worries …

Sit in awareness of the present moment.

If a sound is heard, ‘jot it down’ mentally, then let it go and

Sit back in present moment awareness.

If a thought arises, and they … will do the same,

mentally ‘notice’ that this is a thought of something that is

It doesn’t happen in the present moment, so let it go

and sit back in the awareness of the present moment.

Whatever thoughts or distractions arise, don’t follow them.

Don’t speak with your thoughts.

This is where you will change your consciousness

broad-spectrum mindfulness

of everything that can be felt in the present moment,

to a single object of mediation …

That is the breath.

~ ~ ~

Along a personal spiritual path,

self-inquiry into one’s “True Nature” will be contemplated.

If there were some part of ‘us’ that is eternal, or at least

continues in some way after this life … what would that be …?

Consider that who “we” think we are

can be deduced by denying the obvious,

in Buddhism it is called ‘Neti-Neti’, not this, not that …

so,

“we” are not our bodies; they die and decompose.

“We” are not our brains; that’s just part of the body.

“we” are not our “mind” or thoughts; just more ‘brain stuff’.

We often take ourselves as our egos and our likes and dislikes …

Transcending the ego is key to achieving a balanced psychological perspective

and imperative in deepening spiritual practice.

‘We’ could be considered our conscience … however

non-dule spiritual traditions point to a deeper perspective.

And that leads to consciousness.

And … the question of

‘who’ is aware? AND,

Where is the physically located ‘part’ of ‘us’ that is conscious?

~ ~ ~

As you experience all the sense organs in present moment awareness …

Become aware of being aware.

It can be seen that beyond our ego and our projection of

who we think we are,

only pure consciousness lies.

Consider this simile for Consciousness:

Like the image of a movie projector on the screen,

No matter how real the fire looks, the screen is never affected.

This is a general idea of ​​pure consciousness.

It is not “our” consciousness, it is just consciousness.

In Dzogchen this is experienced as ‘Rigpa’.

One who dwells in Rigpa

experience a Samadhi like Bliss that deepens with practice.

This is taught through the ‘3 doors’ teachings.

The door of Stillness opens the door to the Silence within,

which blends into the boundless bliss of Rigpa.

Then,

forward to Boundless Bliss let’s go …

~ ~ ~

We have relaxed our tensions, we let go of any object that is not present at the moment.

like the past or the future …

But those things keep popping up in our monkey minds.

This is when it is useful to have only one object of meditation …

The breath.

This is a good place to understand that

the best way to be able to sit in pure consciousness,

or just follow the breath without mental distractions, it is

to solve any problem that arises in your day as soon as possible.

The more you worry about something during the day,

the more this concern will affect your sleep, your dreams, and your meditation.

This applies to all kinds of things our egos do, often without our ability.

to stop our wild thoughts of rage in action

that we can never withdraw.

A spiritual practice is much more than a long sitting meditation in the morning,

It’s an all-day mindfulness practice

based on the basic principles of morals and virtues.

At some point during the day reflect on your thoughts

and about how you perceive things.

You come from a place of

peaceful well-being and unconditional love?

Gold

Are you thinking about fear, mistrust, jealousy, anger, greed …?

Are you thinking of ways of self-aggrandizement?

Then,

become aware of your thoughts throughout the day,

particularly when interacting with others.

Be mindful of unproductive thoughts caused by an overly sensitive ego,

Solve this ‘wrong thinking’ as soon as possible,

Later,

you won’t have a problem with “wrong speech” and “wrong actions”.

Unresolved problems that arise in the day, accumulate

adversely affect sleep, dreams and meditation.

They also accumulate in our lives as psychological “shadow problems.”

When unresolved, all the shadows of life will typically let their gifts know when one is nearing the end of this life.

Hospice professionals helping people in their final days often report a hellish moan, a cry overwhelmed by fear of what will come after this life due to some kind of guilt, regret, remorse. ..

Like a nightmare, until the end

That is no way out, no matter what one projects the ‘after this life’ will be.

During the day, just be mindful of your thoughts, words, and actions.

Come from a place of humble ego, let loving-kindness be your flow.

Be the ‘Evolutionary’, always considering what is best for the higher good,

Than just our selfish ambitions

Find common ground with others as you go through your flow.

You will learn more by listening than by speaking.

You don’t always have to be right

In fact,

proving you’re right with someone who

cannot understand the topic they are discussing

is a non-initiator. Realize this soon …

Listen … really listen.

~ ~ ~

As your Path deepens, so do your meditations.

Like a ‘virtuoso’,

one will find ways to subtly calm the mind until amazing things are experienced. When done correctly, in a deeper stage of meditation, it becomes effortless.

Then in the advanced stages of meditation,

the breath begins to disappear when a nimitta arises.

For beginners experiencing this for the first time,

it is usually a smoky gray color that appears in front of them.

When this occurs, the instruction is to focus on natural breathing;

and then gradually the breath and nimitta will become one.

At this stage, the mind generally remains focused automatically,

Allowing the deeper stages of deep meditation to come naturally.

This perception precedes the appearance of a completely clear and static image called “counter-image” or “counter-sign” (the patibhaga-nimitta). The appearance of this third type of nimitta indicates the appearance of neighborhood concentration (or access), the state that precedes complete jhanic absorption.

Total Jhanic absorption is basically the “Enlightenment” that the Buddha experienced and that Buddhists have taught ever since.

This can be accomplished by anyone who puts in the ‘right effort’.

Regardless of how deep the fruition of complete jhanic absorption may be,

Any stage along the path will reveal a Bliss without measure that makes each step of this Path a reason to

‘be here now’.

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