It’s mysterious and wonderful that we are experiencing anything at all. So the important thing is not to enjoy external things less, but to enjoy them more and to discover that way of enjoying them that then carries over into every experience. That is how we develop equanimity. Continue reading How Can We Take Outdoor Meditation Deeper? Can meditating outside be too dependent on enjoying the external environment?
Think of every time you bring the attention back into the moment as no different from meditation. This helps you to develop an on-going meditative state of mind and makes it easier to link into the meditation quickly when it comes to sitting meditation. The other thing you can do is to keep making a strong wish to Awaken, at any time of day. Continue reading How To Meditate With Tiredness
Consciousness in this sense depends on its object for its existence and character, and there are as many of them as there are mind moments. So it’s a collection, aggregate, bundle or collection of things – hence called a skandha… Continue reading What is the skandha of consciousness and how is it different from awareness?
Queen Shrimala in the Shrimaladevi Sutra says to the Buddha, there are two great mysteries that are hard to understand – first how the chitta (heart-mind) is primordially pure and second how what is primordially pure can become obscured. Continue reading Does Awareness – Openness Clarity Sensitivity – disappear during deep sleep?
Something has to happen in the way we look at everything – we are so used to either dividing everything up into seer and seen or to just blanking out and becoming vague about everything. Something quite different from both needs to happen Continue reading If there were no objects for awareness to illuminate what is known, would there just be pure being?
To find that way of being we have to make some kind of effort to recognise what is blocking us and setting ourselves up to let those blockages dissolve. Continue reading How do we balance ‘doing’ and ‘not-doing’ in our meditation practice?
There is no evidence that there was ever a time when awareness was not there – so it’s a possibility that it is not created. The more familiar one becomes with awareness in one’s Dharma practice the more sense it makes that it is not created – it is not constructed from our thoughts like everything else we know of – awareness is what constructs the thoughts and gets confused by them. Continue reading Examining Awareness: How can we know Awareness is not created and conditioned?
This is Mara at work – it is almost a gut reaction. Something in us is so deeply entrenched we don’t want to disturb it – or rather it doesn’t want to be disturbed. This can often account for why sometimes we find ourselves drifting off instead of really focusing in an awake and alive way when we are meditating. We really have to look closely to see what that is all about. Continue reading Noticing ways we delude ourselves: noticing Avidya and Mara
When we allow sensations in the body to just be there and are aware of them we are actually not getting involved with them, but of course we could let them be a major distraction. Continue reading Working with body sensations in meditation – can pain be bliss? Is turning towards sensations always helpful?
If body awareness doesn’t work for you as an anchor or if it doesn’t trigger a grounded or centred response, find another kind of sensation that does. Continue reading What if using the body to ground us in meditation feels intense or overwhelming?