Have you ever felt unconditional love?
Unconditional love can not be contained, meaning it is not limited to a person, animal, plant, tree or thing. Even though we may think we love someone/something unconditionally it is conditioned/limited to that person/thing.
The reason why most people don’t experience unconditional love all the time is due to the belief in a separation from God (ego). This belief conditions love and creates a blockage from seeing what really is.
Unconditional love is not however something we earn or achieve, but who we are beyond/before all beliefs ….it is who we truly are when all beliefs are dropped.
There are several ways to remove the belief in separation, such as in Self inquiry or Truth inquiry.
The cause of all suffering is not knowing the Self and I don't mean one's self...but one as the Self....the Self as One.
There we thirst (craving, seeking, desire, want).
This thirst is threefold: Love, Peace and Joy, which are the very aspects of Self.
Born into this so called world we seek love in relationships, peace in security and joy in material things. But these things are of this world and keep us hungry for more. True fulfillment can only come when we realize that Love, Peace and Joy can only be found within our real Self.
To know our real Self one must strip away everything that we are not. We need to strip away the mask of this world so that the real Self can shine through.
Sri Ramana Maharshi taught to ask the question: Who am I? until the mind comes to the end of all knowledge and only knowing is left.
Jesus Christ taught the Truth. Ask yourself: What is the Truth? until the mind comes to the end of all knowledge and only knowing is left....then you too are known.
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How do I meditate the right way? What should we be thinking in the process? And how to get the best out of meditation?
There really is no wrong way to meditate, but understanding what meditation is will help shorten the time you spend until you get real results.
Meditation is a tool to help quite the mind. The mind produces many thoughts and these thoughts can disturb our natural state of peace if we give attention to these thoughts. Thoughts pull us in different directions and can cause anxiety, fear and depression.
The goal of meditation is not only to quiet the mind and have less thoughts, but to be able to notice the present moment apart from thought.
This state is called being the witness. In this state of being you are a witness to what is going on around you, but also a witness to thoughts that appear in mind.
Think of the mind as a blank canvas. No thoughts - no suffering.
Now thoughts may still appear on the canvas, but if you can witness them...ask yourself who is witnessing them? The realization that you are not your mind nor body...yes there is a mind and a body, but that is not who you truly are, opens you to a new awareness of an unbounded self and the discovery of your true divine self apart from mind and who you "think" you are.
To meditate simply sit with no music, phones turned off, no scents, no candle lights....nothing that could trigger thought. This is "closing the door". The door is you turning off your senses. Senses bring information (knowledge) to the mind and trigger more thoughts.
Example: you sit with a candle and close your eyes. You smell the candle, feel the flame and think oh that smells good and I hope the flame does not start a fire and I hope I don't fall asleep and wake up with my house on fire and so on.
The simpler the meditation the better - Less is more.
As you sit there with your eyes closed you focus your attention on one thing. This can be anything. Since you are always breathing and take your breath with you where ever you go, it is a great tool to use.
When you focus on your breathing, thoughts will arise and pull your attention away from the focus of breathing. Be patient, compassionate with yourself (mind), smile and say, no....not now. Now we are focusing our attention on breathing. The mind does not give up that easily. The mind is used to getting all your attention and wants and demands it now too. You have to be persistent and know the workings of the mind. The mind wants to play. The mind wants to think. The mind wants feel sorry for itself. The mind wants to do whatever it normally does.
This is retaining the mind and the result of this practice are more peace, better concentration, better decision making, focused attention, attention to detail, but also anxiety, fear, depression and worry kind of drop into the background as less thoughts appear in mind.
At this point, which may take a few weeks of daily practice one can move into the awareness of thought. This is a step that many never take and many teacher for some reason don't teach. This step is however a vital step in this process of realizing one's true self and a vital step toward ending suffering in one's life.
If this step of witnessing thought...consciously does not occur, meditation is only a bandaid...a temporal relief. In order to make it lasting, the real self must be separated from mind: the witness state.
I hope I answered your question and made the steps and reason clear enough for you to embark on a beautiful journey ....outside of mind : )
Everything is this world is subject to change.
Everything is this Universe is subject to change
Everything we perceive through our senses is subject to change.
In order to know what does not change...we have to shut out our senses, quite the mind and move beyond mind, but because it is beyond mind...this question can not be answered in terms of knowledge as all knowledge is in and of mind.
Paradise is not a place. Paradise is pure awareness and bliss.
The three components of paradise are Love, Peace and Joy and when all three components come together...there is BLISS.
Awakening is not something you become or "get"....it is the realization of Self. To question awaking is to question one's own existence. Do you exist? Yes? How do you know?
You can not know your real Self in terms of knowledge ..for all knowledge is of this world, but only by being "it"....the Self.
No. There are no "stages" to "enlightenment". Enlightenment is spontaneous and permanent.
Enlightenment is who you are, when who you think you are disappears. It is your natural state... your very being...therefore there is no "way" to get there...you are already "there/it"...but unless this is your realization...you will still be seeking.
Yes, consciousness can exist without thought. Thoughts appear within consciousness.
In meditation or deep sleep one can be without thought, yet we did not lose consciousness or become unconscious.
Consciousness however, is not the absolute. Consciousness is duality and includes that which we are aware of and that which we are unaware of. It is the field of all possibilities.
Yet beyond consciousness, there is silence...the absolute, Oneness.
Right now all your attention is going to the phone. Look into starting a hobby, take a class in photography, painting, sculpting, computers or writing. Do something out of the norm that will require your attention.
For Christmas you could ask for a new camera, canvases, paint or continuing education
classes near you : )
If you are simply seeking peace of mind and to feel refreshed, I would say meditate in solitude. Go to the beach or to a park. Spend time in silence.
In order to be successful at meditating, it helps to know what meditation is and the workings of the mind.
The mind is a vehicle through which we perceive and analyze that which we perceive. The problem is that we are too much in our mind. We see something or read something and it triggers thought. The more we perceive in terms of information the more thoughts appear in mind. This causes stress, uncertainty, fear, anxiety and depression.
The only way to quiet the mind is to "empty" it...even just for a few moments brings about great peace and new insights.
To meditate simply focus your attention on one thing...and only one thing. This can be anything. As other thoughts arise watch them come and go. Leave them alone and try not to engage with them, if you do they will pull your attention away from what you are trying to focus on. And that is o.k. too. When that happens just simply put your focus of attention on the object again.
Meditation takes practice. Just know that your mind is used to being all over the place and in control. It's time you take that control back : )