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Recently I started “Meditation Answers” at MeditationAnswers.com and I did a video about my current state of progress. If you want to see it – it’s here. Or, you can view it below on this page.
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I meditated for about a year back in 1997-1998. I had read a book on Vipassana meditation by S.N. Goenka and found it to be filled with more than I thought was necessary. Initially I was looking at meditation as a purely physical experience. I wanted a way to relax after days filled with stress at my job. I distilled the process of meditation down to just it’s bare bones physical requirements. I had very few rules in mind as I sat down. I had no idea that it could lead to anything other than relaxation. I was doing it just to do it. The reward was basically just being able to sit in silence for twenty minutes a day – without having to think about anything else. It was like playing a game with my mind everyday. It wasn’t “fun” per se, but it was interesting because gradually my mind started to change.
There is an incredible series of changes that take place in the mind as one sits and looks at what goes on. Eventually it stops. Thought stops. The mind stops. What happens then cannot be described… it is beyond normal experience… so different that words don’t have the ability to describe it at all. It doesn’t matter how much I write or say about the experiences that happened, I feel like I’m only just barely touching the surface. For me to give you a clear description of the experiences – is impossible. The experiences don’t lend themselves to such explanation… such description.
I wrote a couple of books book about how I went about meditating. Basically the books cover the process of meditation without adding any religion to it. However, when I titled the book that way, “Meditation Without Religion,” very few people read it. I retitled it, “Meditation for Beginners – a 22 Day Guide” and now it has sold thousands of copies. Ahhh, marketing. 😛
I have another book, Meditation for Beginners you can see on the right side column of this page. The second book goes deeper. Really, the first book is all you need, and the second book gives much more description and details. You honestly don’t need the second book, but most people find it very interesting. If you have read either one, would you let me know what you thought of it?
Disclaimer: I am not a guru of any sort. I don’t know much about Buddhist meditation, as it relates to the religion of Buddhism. I have enjoyed experiences that appear to be the same as the Buddha, and others that have followed the path of meditation – though we’ve all come to our results in a different way. I am not enlightened – I’ve not reached nibbana. I am not looking for it, and am not sure it exists. I can’t tell you how to meditate beyond just following the simple steps in the books I’ve written. I think the experiences meditation brings are available to everyone – but the primary stumbling block is that meditators don’t want to do the ‘work’.
It’s work to sit there on the floor and envelop yourself in silence, watching the mind take you away from focusing on the breath at your nose. You might feel like you’re not progressing at all for weeks at a time. That is precisely when you are progressing… you are training your mind to deal with the task at hand.
Once you break through and the mind begins slowing down the churning out of thoughts – you begin to see phenomenal changes occur.
I’ve looked for over a decade to find others that have gone into jhana during and outside of meditation sessions. I have found very few people that have had the tenacity to stick to the basic agenda I outline in the book.
Meditation is, in a way, a game to be won. You are playing against your mind. It is your mind playing your mind. When the mind stops – when you’ve let go of every distraction and focused and refocused back on your breath at the nose thousands of times, maybe tens of thousands of times… the mind slows and eventually even stops completely. It sort of flatlines.
I’d love for you to experience the silence that occurs when the mind stops absolutely. I can never explain it to you, but I can say that it is one of the most interesting states of consciousness I’ve ever experienced. I think you would also say something similar about it.
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Video – about my meditation state