LE RÊVE

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C’est comme un rêve.  Des fois je suis heureuse et je ris, des fois je suis triste et je pleure.  Les sons, les images, les sensations, les pensées, les émotions se succèdent sans fin et je suis émerveillée par ce spectacle où tout est en mouvement. C’est tellement réel que j’y crois. J’assiste éblouie à ce spectacle merveilleux et je me demande d’où viennent ces pensèes?  Je ne sais pas.  Où vont ces pensèes? Je ne sais pas.  Je deviens un enfant curieux, fasciné par la danse d’ombres et lumières du ‘lila’, le jeu cosmique de la création où les formes apparaîssent et disparaîssent guidées par la main invisible d’un magicien divin.

J’entre dans le jeu et peu à peu j’apprends à maîtriser mon rêve, à le changer, comme un artiste maîtrise les mouvements de son pinceau sur la toile et je deviens créatrice et spectatrice en même temps. Je ne rejette rien, tout mérite mon attention mais je ne m’attarde pas.  Je laisse aller une et autre fois. Et lorsque mes vieux amis la confusion, l’hésitation et le doute sonnent à nouveau à ma porte je les accepte tel qu’ils sont. Je peux même les inviter à prendre le thé sans crainte car je sais qu’ils ne resteront pas longtemps puisque, finalement, ce n’est qu’un rêve.

 

THE DREAM

It’s like a dream.  Sometimes I am happy and I laugh, sometimes I am afraid and I cry. Sounds, images, sensations, thoughts and emotions appear and pass away constantly and I become an amazed spectator of a wonderful show.  It  looks so real that I believe in it and I ask myself where do these thoughts come from? I don’t know. Where do they go? I don’t know.  I am just a curious child fascinated by the light show of the “lila”, the cosmic play of creation where forms appear and disappear guided by the invisible hand of a divine magician.

I enter the play and little by little I learn to direct my dream like an artist guides his paint brush on the canvas and I become creator and spectator at the same time. I do not reject anything, everything is worthy of my attention but I do not linger too long. I let go over and over again. And when my old friends confusion, hesitation and doubt knock on my door again I accept them as they are. I may even invite them for tea fearlessly as I know they will not stay long because, after all, it’s only a dream.

 

 

 

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THE MADWOMAN OF CALCUTTA

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There was a beautiful young woman in Calcutta who used to stop passers-by in front of her house and asked them, “Have you see Shyam Babu? If you see him, please, tell him I am waiting for him.”  Her husband was dead, kept alive by her love but her love had betrayed her.  The passers-by laughed at her and played cruel tricks on her.

After a while she began clinging to young men as they were going by and saying, “You are my Shyam Babu, you have come back…” Those men drove her away and ill-treated her throwing stones at her.

Years later one of her neighbors who had known her in the past noticed her sitting all day at the foot of a sacred tree.  She had aged, but her face was radiant with joy.  She asked her, “Have you found your Shyam?” “Yes,” she replied with a smile, “Look, here he is…” and she pointed to her breast.

This story told by Lizelle Reymond in To Live Within, illustrates how much pain we cause  ourselves when we cling to an emotion that does not serve us anymore.  The story however has a happy ending. The madwoman finally renounced the thought of finding her husband and in turn she became alive.  Renunciation  (vairagya) in Yoga is the voluntary giving up of all emotions.  This method is the exact opposite of psychoanalysis which exposes the emotions by bringing them to the daylight, reliving them over again but also amplifying them.  The Eastern traditions on the other hand pay no attention to emotion. Even bakthas or devotional practitioners use their emotions to transmute them into devotion.

However before we are able to renounce an emotion we need to acknowledge it otherwise we are like the madwoman, in denial of what had happened to her.  To know an emotion is also realizing that it is a karmic debt to be paid, the beginning of a process that eventually uproots it. Then also comes the realization that an emotion has a recurring pattern, it is part of an automatism which gets triggered according to conditions and circumstances. In the example of the madwoman her trigger was the sight of the young men who reminded her of her husband.  So after getting to know an emotion through observation and evaluation one eventually comes to the decision of disposing of it or keeping it.  Letting go requires courage, the fearlessness of facing the unknown, while hanging on to an old habit is like keeping an old friend that does not treat us well but that we tolerate because it is someone familiar.

When we have an upset stomach we stop eating or we change our diet and yet when we are emotionally in pain we do not apply the same remedy right away like analyzing how long have I been suffering, what is the root cause of my pain, what responsibility do I have in it, and then taking action like considering change or letting go.

But if you do not have time for study and introspection, may I offer you this simple recipe for quick relief of emotional pain:

1. Keep yourself free of things.

2. Hope for nothing in the future.

3. Die consciously every evening, which means be reborn every morning.

This recipe is guaranteed to work and keep you emotionally sane. It has the backing of countless wise beings. Om Tat Sat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUR LA MÉDITATION

meditation hands(This post is only available in French.  For my anglophone and hispanophone friends this is your opportunity to review your high school French!)

Dans mes classes on me demande quelquefois si la méditation a un effet aussi relaxant que les postures de yoga (asanas).   Les pratiques de Yoga aident à nous détendre et la méditation fait partie du Raja Yoga, le Yoga des 8 étapes ou Ashtanga Yoga.  Dans ce système de Yoga la méditation est l’avant-dernière étape après la concentration, le contrôle des sens, les asanas (les exercices physiques), le pranayama (exercices respiratoires) et les normes d’éthique. Selon le Raja Yoga pour pouvoir méditer il faut passer premièrement par une série d’étapes préparatoires et si on ne suit pas ces sages directives on est vite confronté à de nombreuses difficultés.

Imaginez que vous revenez chez vous le soir fatigué et stressé après une journée de travail.  Vous voulez vous détendre, oublier les soucis de la journée, faire le vide.  Vous avez entendu que la méditation calme le corps et le mental, alors vous décidez de suivre les indications: jambes croisées, dos droit, respiration  profonde et point de concentration entre vos deux yeux ou le coeur… Que se passe-t-il?  Et bien, beaucoup de choses, en commençant par le défilé de tous les détails de la journée avec commentaires révisés et ajoutés.  Nous réalisons alors que notre état mental est très agité et que nous avons très peu de contrôle sur nos pensées.

Révisons alors les étapes préparatoires à la méditation puisqu’elles devraient aider notre pratique.  Avons-nous fait suffisamment d’exercice aujourd’hui? Avons-nous pris des petites pauses pendant la journée en respirant profondément pour nous recentrer?  Avons-nous pris trop de stimulants (cafés, cigarettes, mal bouffe, etc…)?  Avons-nous pratiqué la pensée positive?  L’état de calme et paix mentale se cultivent continuellement et non pas seulement pendant les 10, 30 ou 60 minutes de méditation formelle. Evidemment le fait de s’asseoir en silence et d’essayer de calmer le mental quelques minutes par jour offre nombreux bienfaits physiques et mentaux qui sont bien documentés par la médecine mais une approche intégrale qui tient compte de la diète, l’exercice, la respiration consciente et la méditation est beaucoup plus efficace.

Alors nous sommes dans une posture de méditation immobile et en silence afin d’aider notre mental à se calmer, à réduire le flot de pensées.  Un corps et une respiration détendus se reflètent dans un mental détendu.  Les trois vont ensemble et tant que le corps ou la respiration sont agités le mental sera également agité.  Nous choisissons un objet de concentration et nous nous centrons mais…  pas pour longtemps.  Nous devenons  distraits, nous nous perdons dans des histoires sans fin, nous revenons à la source et nous nous perdons à nouveau.  Nous recommençons une et autre fois.  C’est un travail ennuyant et fatiguant qui exige détermination et patience.  On est loin de la relaxation.  La méditation c’est du travail,  le travail de connaître, d’entraîner et de calmer notre mental,  Et ce travail ne finit jamais.  Un jour, dans une méditation profonde,  nous avons une grande révélation, nous sentons un état de paix et de béatitude merveilleux mais le lendemain, horreur! nous nous retrouvons obsédés par la liste de choses à faire ou la petite chanson idiote qu’on a écouté le matin.

Je ne veux pas vous décourager mais si vous cherchez la relaxation instantanée (on a tendance a vouloir tout instantanément) il vaudrait mieux  faire des étirements, de faire une marche dans la nature,  de prendre un bain mousseux ou encore mieux de vous faire masser… Cependant si vous insistez avec la méditation et vous vous sentez bloqués dans votre pratique il y a toujours la méthode du chat. (N’oublions pas l’humour en méditation, fréquemment oublié).

Avez-vous déjà eu une relation avec un chat?  Vous tombez en amour avec un beau chat, vous voulez le caresser, le câliner, mais il ne veut rien savoir.  Tant que vous lui prêtez attention il vous ignore, mais le moment que vous l’ignorez, il vient vers vous.  C’est une relation frustrante mais une fois que vous comprenez la stratégie vous avez un chat qui ronronne autour de vous.  Permettez-moi de faire un lien avec la méditation: tant que vous vous efforcez pour cultiver le calme, il vous échappera et tant que vous vous efforcez pour éloigner les pensées inopportunes, elles deviendront  plus tenaces.  Alors quoi faire? Et bien RIEN du tout.  Restez silencieux, déconnectez-vous, ne faites plus d’effort ou de manipulation mentale, accrochez-vous à la respiration:  Où est-elle maintenant? à l’inspiration? à l’expiration? ou entre les deux? Continuez à respirer consciemment et laisser agir le calme.  Ayez confiance en votre état naturel et organique qui sait comment se réorganiser.  Abandonnez-vous à votre intelligence intérieure qui régit tous vos systèmes sans votre aide.  Donnez-lui une chance d’opérer en passant au deuxième plan quelques instants.  Sommes-nous capables de nous abandonner à ce pouvoir inconnu?  C’est prendre un risque car s’il ne répondait pas, qu’est-ce qui pourrait nous arriver? Le Zen parle de laisser aller notre prise au bord du précipice et nous rappelle que cela demande un grand courage, le courage du guerrier spirituel.  Ce pouvoir inconnu pourrait également nous rejeter comme nous avons peut-être été rejetés ou oubliés auparavant. Cependant tous les grands maîtres orientaux nous rappellent que nous sommes tous nés avec cette vraie nature et que notre droit de naissance est notre potentiel de sagesse et compassion. Nous doutons et nous nous demandons encore: pourrait-il être aussi simple que ça? Ne devrais-je pas continuer à raisonner, invoquer, réciter ou prier?  Essayons de rester en silence.  Rappelons-nous que le silence peut être subversif.  Alors continuons à respirer consciemment et avec chaque expiration laissons aller tous les doutes, les raisonnements intellectuels, les comforts religieux…  Après laissons aller l’idée même de celui qui laisse aller, tout simplement soyons présents sans aucune attente.  C’est alors que l’on devient un spectateur émerveillé à chaque instant.

Pour ceux qui veulent s’engager dans une pratique de méditation sérieuse voici quelques  directives de base:

1)  la posture de méditation avec les jambes croisées est importante mais si votre corps ne le permet pas utilisez une chaise en gardant le dos bien DROIT, sans support.   Ne pas vous coucher car vous voulez être éveillés et ne pas vous endormir.

2)  le sujet de concentration peut être tout ce qui vous inspire: la visualisation d’une image, d’une déité, d’une flamme, du soleil qui brille et réchauffe votre plexus solaire, votre coeur ou le point entre les sourcils, la répétition d’un mantra ou la respiration consciente que vous pouvez compter, visualiser ou suivre simplement. Une fois que vous avez établi votre sujet et point de concentration, gardez-le et appliquez-vous avec ténacité et régularité.

A part la période de méditation formelle qui pourrait durer 10, 20, 30 ou 60 minutes par jour,  il nous reste un grand nombre d’heures dans une journée.   Même si nous sommes capables d’atteindre un état de concentration parfaite pendant notre méditation formelle, combien de temps pouvons-nous maintenir cet état le reste de la journée?  Quoi faire lorsque nous sommes au travail, au métro, en conduisant, etc…  Sommes-nous condamnés à vivre distraits et éparpillés le moment que nous quittons notre coussin de méditation?

Je vous propose la méditation 24 heures, un peu comme le dépanneur ouvert 24 heures par jour auquel on peut accéder en tout temps. Il s’agit d’être attentif à tout moment:  à chaque pas, à chaque son, à chaque mot, à chaque sensation, à chaque bouchée, à chaque respiration et même lorsque nous dormons, en état de rêve!  On n’a plus besoin d’avoir des conditions idéales pour méditer, donc plus d’excuses… Il s’agit d’être pleinement conscient (mind-full) continuellement en ramenant doucement mille et une fois notre attention vers le moment présent.  La science médicale reconnaît les bienfaits de cette pratique et plusieurs programmes de réduction de stress sont basés sur la pleine conscience comme celui du Prof. Kabat-Zinn (voir Kabat-Zinn en Youtube).

Il y a lontemps,  avant que la science donne son OK à la méditation,  un étudiant Zen   demanda à son maître qu’elle était la vérité la plus profonde et le maître répondit: “Attention!”.  L’étudiant, sans comprendre, lui posa la question à nouveau et le maître répondit: “Attention! Attention!”.  Et une troisième fois l’étudiant, encore confus, posa la question et le maître répondit: “Attention! Attention, AT-TEN-TION!”.

Ah!  Plus rien à dire.

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MEDITATE AS IF YOUR HEART WAS ON FIRE!

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Join me on July 25-26 for a Meditation Weekend at the Sivananda Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec.  Here is a preview of some of the reflections I’ll share with you during the retreat.

When in meditation  I fall in a state of reverie or sleepiness I imagine what I would do if, all of a sudden, I found out I had only five more minutes to live.  Even though I’m only imagining that possibility my brain gets a real jolt, my heart starts beating faster, my eyes open up and I breathe harder.  I feel a sense of urgency and become present and awake.

There is a story about the Buddha who compared our human predicament to children at play in a house that is on fire. Someone outside calls the children urgently to get out of the house but they don’t hear the warning and keep on playing. The mindlessness of the children in this story could be applied to the way we do so many things in life, including meditation. We want to meditate or we have been meditating for a long time but we feel that our practice is stale and uninspiring.  The repetition of the mantra lacks devotion or heart and the following of the breath becomes monotonous. We easily get lost in thoughts, imaginings and sleep, specially if it is late at night and we are tired..

The Raja Yoga system, also called Ashtanga Yoga, is one of the four main paths of yoga.  It is a gradual 8-step system where we slowly prepare for meditation which does not come until the 7th step. It is good to remember that there is a preparation process and that it takes time for the body and mind to be ready for meditation. According to Raja Yoga we first work on observing an ethical and healthy lifestyle, then we purify our physical and energy bodies by doing asanas and pranayama and unblocking energy knots in muscles, organs, psychic nerves and chakras.   By this time our body and mind have quieted down, the energy has increased and we are able to withdraw the senses within and be still and silent.  At this point we are ready to start concentrating on a specific point or object and keeping our attention there for a while without being distracted by a fidgeting body and a scattered mind.

This does not mean that we have to excel at all these stages before attempting to meditate but we have to be aware that the body/mind needs time to get strong and stable.   This also applies to the breath as we cannot slow down our breath as long as our body is uneasy and our mind preoccupied with many worldly thoughts. Finally when we find the strength, time and  motivation to sit on a cushion we can start concentration.  Many of the practices that we call meditation are in fact concentration.  We try to keep our attention on a focus (breath, image, mantra) and when our mind wanders away we bring it back to the object of concentration.

As we all know concentration requires effort and the sharper the concentration, the more clarity and focus we get. A Zen teacher used to say: “Big effort, big result; little effort, little result”. I would like to add that it is not so much a question of quantity of time on the cushion but rather of quality and intensity.  This is why I suggest keeping the sessions SHORT but INTENSE, applying yourself 100%.  Throw yourself into the practice you have chosen for 5 or 10 minutes like if those were your last minutes left to live, or like if your house was on fire.  That is a lot of intensity, I agree, but you already know that if you apply yourself halfheartedly nothing much happens. If in spite of applying yourself fully you still feel drowsy or distracted, break the session, stretch your legs, drink some water and even splash your face with cold water if you feel sleepy.  Then resume with your practice. This may sound extreme but we need to approach our practice in a radical manner to move out of our comfort zone.  Keep this plan for a few weeks and then increase the duration of the session little by little as you feel that you want to meditate longer.  The trick is to always get up from the cushion on a positive note feeling that you could have stayed longer.

Have you ever become involved in an activity, perhaps writing or playing music, when you totally forgot about yourself?   It is an amazing experience to realize suddenly that one or two hours have evaporated.  Maybe you even forgot that you were hungry or that you needed to stretch your legs.  That intense concentration is what we need when we sit on our cushion and then, eventually, we may find ourselves moving into a state beyond form and time while at the same time remaining intensely aware.  This is meditation, the 7th step of Raja Yoga.  The next and last step is samadhi, a super conscious state with many  levels of depth.

Finally, Swami Vishnu’s main recommendation for meditators in his excellent book Meditation and Mantras is regularity as through repetition we learn and create new habits.  In this case we are trying to establish the habit of meditation to the point that if you don’t do it one day we miss it.

To summarize, concentration or meditation is not drifting into a placid state that can lead us quickly into distraction and sleepiness. Concentration requires effort and until we can reach one-pointedness of mind, it is work. Because it is difficult to sustain a sharp focus for a long time it is important not to strain ourselves, so short bouts of intensity and periods of rest are very important. After you have followed this strategy for some time, try once in a while to meditate for the fun of it, forgetting about the time limitation, the effort or the goal.

And speaking of goals, why do we put ourselves through this training? It is good once in a while to refocus our intention.  We want to increase our concentration to be able to meditate.  And we want to meditate because we want to rest, to disconnect from the body/mind tyranny that keeps us bonded to our preoccupations, imaginings, anxieties and fears. When we are able to let go of our story, even for a brief moment, the energy can finally flow through us unimpeded and the result is an intense experience of belonging, love, clarity and bliss, that which we are.  And the reverberations of that surge of energy can last more than a brief moment, they can actually transform deeply the way we think, move, see, talk and approach life.  That is why we practice.

May you all apply yourselves wholeheartedly and may you all drop body and mind!  This is my wish.

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DE-STRESSING 101

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Join me at the Sivananda Yoga Camp, Quebec, for a workshop on Stress Management on July 11-12

Here is a small introduction:

We all know the negative impact of stress on our physical, mental and emotional health. Another thing is to know what to do to live stress-free. A moderate level of stress is a normal part of life, but sometimes stress remains below the radar and does not necessarily become evident as in a panic, rage or anxiety attack. The result is that we learn to live with a chronic state of agitation, of being off kilter and out of balance.

It is important to distinguish between traditional stress and the amount of agitation we experience every day. Here I want to look at certain behaviors and feelings that we may have become accustomed to but that are warning signs indicating we are moving into a dangerous zone. This is the first step in managing stress, before it manifests.

1. Do you need a cigarette to relax?

2. Do you need a drink to relax or have fun?

3. When you are hungry, do you feel unsettled if you cannot eat right away?

4. Do you eat, even if not hungry?

5. Is it difficult to turn the mind off when going to sleep?

6. Near bedtime do you postpone going to bed?

7. If you awake in the middle of the night, do you find it difficult to go back to sleep quickly?

8. Do you find it difficult to slow down?

9. Do you like the feeling of being wired?

10. Do you seek constant stimulation?

11. Are you uncomfortable in idle unstructured time?

12. Do you drive fast even when not in a hurry?

13. Are you impatient in line at the grocery counter?

14. Are you constantly checking your e-mails or texts?

15. Do you multitask?

16. When you are on vacation, are you still looking to be constantly busy?

17. If something is not the way you wanted, do you become agitated?

18. Do you obsess about little things?

19. Do you expect perfection from yourself?

20. Do you expect perfection from others?

The point of this quiz taken from Mark Shoen, author of The Survival Instinct is Killing You is to become aware of our level of agitation which might still be manageable or may require making important lifestyle changes.

The 5 points of Yoga taught by Swami Vishnudevananda in his book The Sivananda Companion of Yoga can help you make those changes in the following areas:

– diet (mainly vegetarian, no stimulants)
– exercise (yoga, swimming, walking… not too much, not too little)
– relaxation (knowing when to take a break and learning relaxation techniques)
– proper breathing (full abdominal breathing)
– meditation (breath mindfulness, mantras)

These are the pillars of a healthy lifestyle advocated not just by yogis but more and more by the medical profession.

I encourage you to give your most attention to these warning signs and take action before serious health damage occurs.

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VEDANTA IS EASY!

This is what Swami Medhananda says:  “As long as you know that you are Consciousness, Vedanta is easy”. Vedanta is also one of the greatest philosophies of India. Every morning during the month of May, Swami Medhananda Puri, a distinguished teacher of Advaita Vedanta from the Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh, reminded us that we are not the body nor the mind, that we are pure Consciousness.

Many obstacles appear when I try to realize this deceivingly simple statement. The first obstacle has to do with the meaning of “consciousness”.  Words are very useful pointers but they can never replace the experience of the “thing” itself, like water cannot fully describe the experience of drinking when we are thirsty or the finger pointing to the Moon cannot replace the splendor of a full moon. Words can also be comforting traps as they reassure us when confronting the greatest mysteries of the universe. When I fail to comprehend THAT which sustains me and the entire universe, my  confusion and  bewilderment are very scary.  Not knowing is threatening.  But my resourceful mind comes to the rescue right away and finds a word, a label, for the indescribable: God, Consciousness, Buddha nature, cosmic intelligence, the Self…   Ah! now I feel somewhat appeased! However, the mystery remains…

The Moon has been traditionally used as a metaphor for Buddha nature, God or Consciousness. A full Moon on a clear night sky is omnipresent, luminous and complete in its beauty and the only way to appreciate it is by simply looking at it. But analogies are only analogies and they never deliver the entire message. When I try to “see” that Moon within me  the only thing I experience is my constant preoccupation with this body and mind.  It is difficult to admit that all my thoughts, words and actions are motivated by the safety of this entity. Raga (attraction) or dvesha (repulsion), desire or avoidance, likes and dislikes, are the impulses that keep me busy all day long and what is worse in a state of bondage. But the Swami proved in many ways that we are not the body or the mind, so how can I be so caught up, so stuck, with this body/mind program?

Perhaps it is my own distinction between bondage and freedom, the striving for the desirable as opposed to rejecting the undesirable that is the cause of my predicament.  I realize that freedom and bondage are again relative terms for those terrified with the unknown. And what if all my goings-on about searching for liberation are subtle ways to avoid taking this moment by the horns, of facing my deepest fears, of becoming truly honest and dropping  all desires and aversions right now once and for all? If I could only let go for a moment the old ways, the false sense of safety, the doings, the strivings, the desire for liberation and just…  BE!  Who is the one striving, anyway?  Can I free myself in that striving by striving impeccably without projections or expectations, free falling without a parachute, beyond doing and not doing,  still and supportless while in action.  What a relief that would be! No knower or object known, no naming, just experiencing… Then I could agree with Vedanta and see eye to eye with Swami Medhananda.

There is a Hindu story of a fish who went to a queen fish and asked: “I have always heard about the sea, but what is this sea? Where is it?”  The queen fish explained: “You live, move, and have your being in the sea.  The sea is within you and outside you, and you are made of sea, and you will end in the sea. The sea surrounds you as your own being.”

Do you have another answer?

 

 

 

 

 

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DROP IT!

There is a story of a young man who left his family’s village in search of fortune.  He travelled to distant lands but fortune eluded him.  After many years he returned home and there he found a treasure buried under his hut.

For a long time I have also been searching for a treasure here and there.  I have been running on a program where this body, this  mind, this personality is the only reality.  I have looked inside the body and mind trying to find the spirit, the true nature, the God that Masters talk about but because it is so intangible, so difficult to locate, I have assumed that the key to its discovery was outside.

If you find yourself in this same predicament may I suggest something that may sound quite radical. How about changing the program? The old one that sees spirit hidden within the body is difficult to grasp, so let’s try a program that sees spirit as the only reality, spirit that happens to have taken at this moment this specific body and that thinks at this moment these specific thoughts. I would like to propose to you to put this new program to the test.

I am going to ask you to drop everything for a few seconds: your identity as a man or a woman, your age, conditions and circumstances, the notion that you are a spiritual seeker, that you are happy or unhappy.  Drop everything you are doing, what you are thinking, even stop reading this. Just for a few seconds.  And if you are concerned about loosing your identity, don’t worry because the old program is so deep that as soon as this exercise ends the familiar sense of self will come back with force.

Are you ready? Please, close your eyes, forget about your doubts, your certainties, forget about who you think you are, forget following your breath, forget even about your Ishta Devata, your protective angel, your Guru. Just rest in an empty space now.

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When you open your eyes, do not analyze anything.  There is no good or bad way. There is just getting accustomed to that space, with nothing to hold on to.  Just BEING, not doing, not thinking.  Becoming acquainted with that space and dwelling in it, being it, longer and longer, until the sense of solidity of who you think you are dissolves as clouds in an empty and luminous sky.

May we all find the treasure buried beneath our ground. Om Shanti!

 

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