Meditation academics discuss a silence inside us in between ideas, and inform us to consider our minds just like the display screen in a movie show. Our ideas and feelings seem on the display screen, however in between ideas, the display screen is our true nature, pure unconditioned consciousness. One other analogy is that our consciousness is the sky, and ideas are simply clouds showing in it. I’ve gotten a style of this, when my thoughts will get quiet throughout meditation (sitting or shifting), or spontaneously in nature, and it is vitally stress-free. This consciousness is totally nonjudgemental so it feels unconditionally loving. Yoga instructor Lilias Folan known as it the “witness inside that observes the whole lot and judges nothing”. I really feel I’m making progress in self-transformation after I can domesticate this sense. So I used to be pleased to return throughout two books just lately that discuss it.
The primary is Silent Consciousness: The Revelation That Adjustments All the things by meditation instructor Cynthia Overweg. This e book is filled with essays to provide us a really feel for what this consciousness looks like which I discovered inspirational. There are additionally some good workouts to expertise it which serve nicely for meditation.
The second is Consciousness Adventures: Discovering Your True Nature by Brian Tom O’Connor. He begins by telling us his personal story which is fascinating as a result of it entails a nontraditional method to meditation. Brian was severely depressed and present process remedy. He tried varied standard meditation methods however they didn’t work nicely for him. He got here up along with his personal “consciousness video games”, which had been imaginative methods to look at his personal consciousness and search for his true nature inside. He found that the extra he related to the silent consciousness past thought, the happier he turned. It seems his “video games” match right into a department of yoga philosophy that seeks to inquire inside to search out out who we actually are past our day-to-day thoughts chatter. Well-known academics on this line embody J. Krishnamurti and Sri Ramana Maharshi, who was identified for educating us to relentlessly inquire “who am I?”, however now we have to understand that the reply can’t be ascertained intellectually. I had beforehand discovered this kind of method to be form of dry and didn’t get far with it as a meditation method. However Brian’s consciousness video games make it enjoyable.
I like to recommend each of those books. We’d like a break from our overactive and overstimulated on a regular basis minds.