Meditation and Thoughts
For many years now I've been pursuing a quest for spiritual awareness. Not content to be told about non-physical worlds, I began practices of meditation, self awareness in the pursuit of Self (Atman) and principles of a more 'devine' nature than I had been experiencing in my ordinary day to day life.
It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher comes. So I found my teacher and so far have not been disappointed. I guess however, that the adventures with my spiritual teacher are another epic story in itself.
What I have had the good fortune to experience though is the slowing down of thoughts. So much so that I am able to watch them. Silencing the mind is an endless pursuit, often thwart with more dangers than a battlefield. The experience became quite tangible. Thoughts feel like pancakes being dropped from above the head; The brain is like the frying pan, and its purpose is to cognize those thoughts.
Understand when I talk about meditation it is an involution of all external senses and the pursuit of stillness, centredness and lack of thought. I use my third eye as the tool to go inward to reach different states of consciousness. You can have many experiences during meditation, bliss being one of them. A thoughtless meditation is one to aspire to and difficult to achieve. Any space or experience of a slowing down of thought will rest the physical body. Hence the feeling of wellbeing and for some rejuvenation after meditation practices. You can see how people cross over meditation with relaxation and think it is the same thing. Relaxation is a result of meditation. Meditation has different meaning to different esoteric traditions, and the purpose is not relaxation for most.
So what does it feel like to not have thoughts in the head - absolutely wonderful. Fleeting experiences as they are, nonetheless, refreshing and a relief. Mindless experiences are one of lightness, levity, buoyancy and ease. The opposite of ease being disease! Interesting how thoughts create havoc on our health. So the more we can manage the thought process the better.
Thoughts, as a tangible substance is not easy to see or feel initially. You can probably understand the congestion of thoughts as making a pressure in and around your physical head. Notice the frown lines on the forehead of someone who thinks the world will end if they don't have some control over their thoughts or those of people around them. Get a sense of pressure in different parts of the head. Tension is a clogging of thoughts, like too many pancakes in the frying pan.
Too much tension or the holding of thoughts can for some people create headaches. You can see a natural mechanism that's used when headaches arise. Raising the eyebrows. Try it and see what happens. When headaches hit, our body has a natural tendency to try and ease the dis-ease. We lift our eyebrows and automatically there is an easing. Lift the eyebrows and feel what happens. It's like someone is lifting the pancakes out of the pan. Do the process a few times repeatedly and get a sense of releasing tension.
Chronic Fatigue Sufferers and those experiencing depression will have no difficulty experiencing the pancake effect. Incessant thoughts of unworthiness, uselessness, self bashing. It creates a tangible heaviness, very physical thickness in and around the skull.
Imagine if you could stop the thoughts from reaching the frying pan in the first place. . Try the process of thinking above your head and working from there. It's a practice and it's very possible, not easy, but possible. Interestingly, writing is one of those occupations that taps into inspired thought most of the time Bright ideas feel inspired. What's with the light bulb you see in cartoons. An idea happens, a light bulb goes off. It's not a light bulb in the head, it's above it. You often seen people looking up trying to find the answer. Why look up?
The ability to think above the head and to decrease the amount of fallen thought accumulating in your skull will give a dramatic sense of wellbeing and lightness in your body. Don't take my word for it, try it yourself.
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