Practice A New Meditation
Sample these situations we often find ourselves in. Feeling bored waiting for the flight or train, waiting in the car while the spouse is shopping or waiting to pick up your children at a birthday party. Here is an anytime, anywhere experiment, to get into the inside of your mind.
Sit erect. It does not matter if you prefer to keep your eyes closed or open. Either arrangement is okay, but for the beginner, open eyes tend to distract. Breathe normally. Now, shift your attention to the mind. To begin, do nothing with it. Just let the mind be. But keep observing it without getting distracted. Allow those rising thought to float around without giving them any treatment. Every thought that arises, may or may not be accompanied by an emotion. That does not matter. Just observe. Your mind will tend to grasp the rising thought, chase it, build on it until this conceptualising reaches a dead end and falls. On reaching the dead end with nowhere else to go, the mind grasps on a new thought that arise and the mind begins to chase this new thought. And the process goes on.
In a span of a few minutes, depending on how hyper-active the mind has been, the never ceasing cycle of “ARISING-CHASING-DEAD-ENDING-FALLING” goes on and on. However, when you focus some more, you will also notice that as your observation towards the mind gets more intense, the arising of thoughts gets slower too. Much like crystal of sugar settling down in a glass of water after a quick stir, observe this slowing down of thoughts. You will begin to be amused with this observation.
This does not mean the mind has stopped taking on a next thought to launch another chase. Our observation has only slowed down the process. Now be attentive to observe further that between the passing of the previous thought and the arising of a new one, there exists a hair’s breadth of a gap that you might sense. A very fleeting one, but it does exist. It exists by itself in a pure, pristine, fresh, virgin and un-manipulated state. This is identified as the nature of our mind.
Seize this gap so that you recognise it to be able to work on it. Try to get a hang of this gap that is pure, unaltered and in total awareness. Try to rest in this gap for as long as you can. Initially, this may be possible only for a few seconds. Resting in this gap even for a few moments, one feels peaceful and refreshed. This is our Buddha mind itself. If nothing else, prolonging this recognition for as long as you can, is meditation.
With repeated practice of this simple method of generating awareness, it becomes easily possible to familiarise ourselves with our base mind, that is otherwise clouded by all sorts of delusions and defilements.
NOTE:- (1) IT IS ADVISED NOT TO TRY THIS AFTER CONSUMING ALCOHOL SIMPLY BECAUSE AS THE NATURE OF ALCOHOL IS TO CONFUSE.
(2) NEVER DO THIS WHILE DRIVING.