Whether from Patanjali, Buddha Shakyamuni, from a yogic master of any country and tradition, or from Milarepa, the instructions for true meditation are essentially to observe and analyze. These two used in union and with diligence will bring a practitioner to Awareness and the nature of self-made reality. Both are the display of Mind.
When one arrives at constant vipashyana-type Awareness (observation/insight), it will be due to steadfast diligence and application of observation coupled with analysis in any and every inner and outer experience of one’s life. At this juncture, meditation has begun to be true meditation. With that, the self-made of one’s reality will begin to crumble and liberation, clarity/bliss, and the emptiness of appearances and seeming reality will begin to stabilize.
Is clarity or bliss or liberation the goal of meditation? Not really. They are natural results of purifying one’s awareness-mind-emotion stream. Meditation has one purpose: direct experience of reality. Meditation will expose one to the experience of illusion and delusion, of duality and pride (self) just as it will expose one to the experiences of clarity, vividness, and lucidity that are the underlying premise of each moment, emotion, thought, and desire. Both revelations are the direct experience of reality.
The video is the same as the audio podcasts. It includes the full screen visual of the instruction from Milarepa.
Why is shamatha so important to meditation practice? Because it provides the experience of how wild the desire mind is and how pure and supreme Awareness-Mind is.
Soften and open to Awareness by learning to rest the mind in simplicity. It takes time and diligence to cultivate this reorientation of mind and self, but …. all Awareness, vivid and supreme awaits the practitioner who does.
What if all modes of experience and cognition, of analysis and intuition, and of sensation and perception were all evidence of the profound range and character of Awareness? Well, this is so.
In the Entry practice of The Practice of Living Awareness, an instruction is to “notice the usually not noticed.” The invitation is to notice the profundity of each moment, to recognize the interdependence of everything and everyone, and to take note of the plethora of inner processes within you, your mind, and your awareness as well as all around you.
We come back to the experience of Awareness in the common experience of being present. This meditation is simple, as essentially all meditation training is. Within the instruction is the use of duality to lead one to a non-dual experience. Though, the non-dual is not pure or, therefore, truly non-dual, one might experience a taste of the heart of Awareness and the acuity of centerless center as one whole.
That seems rather obvious. But, if Awareness is self-cognizant, and I am Awareness-Being, then how is it that I or you are not living as enlightened beings? (Maybe you are – but I’m not.)
If the issue is non-recognition, then how does one cultivate more recognition? Through noticing the ways in which Awareness is expressing right now and through each day.
For example, being self-cognizant
Awareness is the mother of all knowing, all capacity to know, and of what we do with any knowledge. Contemplate this. You are reading right now, these lines and curves form letters in your mind, the letters form words, the words have meaning to you, thus you “know” what this is saying. How many other types of knowing, or the capacity to learn and know, or the ability to apply knowledge and information are the essence of a moment or of each moment every day? If/when we realize that this is Awareness, and that this is possible because of Awareness, then we will begin to recognize something of Awareness-Being as it is, as it is being lived, demonstrated, or expressed.
And this is only one example of the usually not noticed that is reporting Truth of Being.
We contemplate and meditate with today’s meditation.