During the meditation, we practice the “Self-inquiry” this is inspired by the practice of Ramana Maharshi (1879 – 1950).
There are 3 phases during this mediation:
- following the short pause after the in-, and the out breath through the nose.
- Focus in the middle of the chest a finger wide to the right.
- Whenever there are thoughts, we ask our self “Who am I.”
During the meditation, we sit on a cushion or a chair. My experience that to meditate on a chair is as powerful as on a pillow. Meditation on a chair is more suitable for people who are not used to sit on the floor on a cushion. Practical I sit a few hours on the floor, and then I move to a chair. That works perfectly. So for everybody, this is different. Only by practising we know.
To support our meditation, we also make use of different techniques like:
- Guided walking meditation
- Dzogchen, meditation with open eyes, open perception
- Yoga, Pranayama and concentration exercises
We meditate by observing our thoughts without:
- following any thought,
- neither holding thoughts.
Observing our thoughts is also called mindfulness. It may seem very easy, and when we practise, we get clarity about our thought processes.
You can imagine yourself like a mirror. In the mirror, you see the form. However, the mirror does not hold on to the figure; neither does it reject it.
Every moment that we meditate can you imagine as a new beginning, a unique moment without looking back at past experiences. Also, not looking forward to future things like planning, strategies or holding on to shopping list.
Connecting with your inner teacher.
In the process of meditation, I guide you from my many years of experience
The guidance you can see as a transmission, I’m not the teacher, the inner teacher is the self, and that is within you. I help you to make contact with your inner teacher. Only you can experience the silence, and you are the owner of your thoughts on a background of silence.
Perhaps after a while, you realize that you are not your thoughts. You learn to see that in most cases, thoughts are about the past or future and not about this moment. Or perhaps our thoughts are just the activity of our mind, our mind being part of us, part of the totality?
Meditation and guidance
I will guide the meditation in all its steps. If you have any questions, then you can write them on a piece of paper. I will answer the questions during the Q&A.
Stress and meditation
In our existence, we come across different moments of stress, such as at work or in relation with others. During those moments, we are often not aware of our behaviour or our repetitive thoughts that regularly fill in everything so that we remain stuck in the state of stress.
By meditating, we can look at our thoughts and see what is there. In this, we create clarity and insights. In this way, we may be able to change something about the situation that gives us stress. Too much anxiety or constant stress can result in profound fatigue, no energy or even burnout.
Meditation and our thoughts
It is often said that meditation causes fewer repetitive thoughts and in itself that is true. However, the most important thing is the awareness of the present moment.
Whenever thoughts arise during meditation, we will not hold on to a belief or pushing the thought away. By seeing the images without going along with it, we see that thoughts dissolve. The dissolving images result in fewer thoughts or stuck in thoughts. Being stuck in your mind takes much energy.
By practising, the number of thoughts becomes less; it creates space and openness. Without relying on old (blocking) beliefs from the past or new strategies or forward-looking plans.
It is possible that you may experience a moment of bliss, and then there is a thought.
- Observe this thought without judging it.
- The thought dissolves by itself if we not follow it or reject it.
- We are observing images the art of looking at it, without getting stuck in it, without judgment and without pushing away.
Thoughts arise and dissolve continuously on a background of silence. Just as you click on a heart on Facebook, and then you see a heart appear on the screen to fade and dissolve.
Sometimes we think that if we have many thoughts and we are struggling during meditation that it is not a good meditation. To me, there are no right or bad mediations any moment we practice is perfect, and we practice to be in the present moment.
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