Deepening your meditation

When you have reached a relaxed state of mindful presence in your meditation …

1 Add the thought that ‘Now, anything can happen’.

2 Don’t give the content of  your thoughts ANY importance whatsoever. Don’t assume your thoughts have any truth to them at all.

3 Ponder the unified nature of the present moment; when the past and the future have been let go of, everyone is equal and together: all that divides us has gone and we become connected with everything in the shared experience of right now.

4 The secret to mastering your thoughts: absorb yourself in watching, listening and waiting with total attention for each and every thought to emerge. Eventually when the totality of your self is engaged in observing your thoughts, there is nothing of you left to create any more thoughts.

5 Discover your intuitive powers: be aware of the thoughts that emerge in your relaxed mind and the feelings that arise in your body, they may contain valuable insights.

6 The immediate relaxation response: learn to switch in a moment into a relaxed state of mind and body, it needn’t take time.

7 Learn to go with the flow even if that means you seem to be swimming against all those who are struggling to move against it.

8 Allow a state of being and of ease to be ordinary, mundane and natural.

9 Ponder the fact that your conscious experience is always a half second in the past, for that is how long it takes the brain to construct your experience.

10 Conscious thought is secondary, it is an effect; it is not an effective nor powerful cause.

11 Mindfulness creates the space for the primary causal force of consciousness to work unhindered and unadulterated.

12 Appreciate the fact that stillness allow your consciousness to grow in a gradual, organic way.

13 Every moment of experience is extra to the continuous completeness of emptiness that remains untouched by time.

14 Enlightenment is not an end, it is simply a state of mind from which we can make good decisions.

15 There are only two things under your control, your thoughts and actions; you can allow everything else to be as it is. Feel the relief this brings.

16 Practise choiceless awareness; experience effortless presence.

17 Spirituality changes nothing in the world because it truly touches nothing of the world; it does however change my experience of the world and my influence and impact within it.

18 When there is total attention you must be outside of that that you are aware of; when outside you are free from influence.

19 Experience plus awareness equals a change in the experience.

20 Having no expectations means you can be a neutral observer of the flow of momentary experience.

21 Fight or flight is our instinctive fearful response to external threats we perceive from a position of seeming separation. Total attention, which is unconditional love, which is wholeness, is the opposite of this fear.

22 All relaxation experiences are equal, the only difference is the label, meaning and significance that I attach to it. If I call it relaxation, then that’s what it is; similarly if I call it mindfulness or enlightenment, then that is what it is.

23 Our pasts are different, so when the present moment acts upon us, we experience it in unique ways.

24 Your experience of meditation will be unique and may or may not fit with a religious, philosophical or psychological theory or practice; most likely, it will not.

25 If our reaction to something is negative we instinctively try to suppress that reaction. This denies us the opportunity to explore why we responded in that way and it therefore denies us the opportunity to choose a different response. In this way, suppression of negativity traps us in a cycle of negativity; until the suppression is released we can’t move through the negative reaction to something else.

26 Simple Awareness of Negative Emotions keeps us sane.

27 Meditation can perhaps best be described as a place, a location that is always here and always accessible and is a shared space we can enter together.

28 Meditation is a neutral space that has no connection with any particular religion, belief system or spiritual practice and requires no guru, master nor teacher to find it.

29 Enlightenment is not something we become, but is a place we step into, exactly as we are, right here and right now; we don’t need to change to get there, we simply find ourselves in a different place and so begin to act differently according to the new environment.

30 The start of mindfulness is instant, a simple intention; the effect it has is then an automatic process of undoing and this takes time.

31 Be mindful of time to experience timelessness. Be mindful of sound to experience silence. Be mindful of the body to experience bodilessness or consciousness. Be mindful of thought to experience emptiness. Be mindful of movement to experience stillness. Be mindful of change to experience eternity.

32 Become aware of the energy of the body but don’t see that energy as being inside the body, feel the body to be inside the energy as it passes through the body.

33 Whenever possible practise mindfulness in nature, even if that means just looking to the sky right now. Cities are expressions of human thought, nature is an expression of being.

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