The Heart of the Earth-Choosing the Path
Meditation is the practice of specific techniques or exercises to create a quiet space open to our being. We can learn and practice these techniques, learn to calm down the activities in the plain of reflections and to relax the sea of changes. But there is still more, The open space that we have not created, by its very nature overflows relaxation, serenity and vitality.
We become like a calm deep sea, illuminated by the white supernatural light of the moon. When we are at peace with ourselves and the moon marks its path on the waters towards the beach, sometimes magical and indescribable things happen.
Throughout millennia, poets, saints, artists and mystics have described this experience. They all agree that there is nothing comparable, that it changes the one who experiences it, that it is one of the most important things, but not to say that it is the main one, that it has happened to them, and that it is the experience of some type of union, although agree less to say with or with whom. In different religions and belief systems of different cultures have been collected descriptions of mystical experiences, showing that it is something universal that has occurred at all times.
There are people who meditate for years without having a mystical experience. Others may have experience even without meditating, although the most common is that meditation makes us more likely to have the experience, but in no case is it a guarantee.
We must keep in mind two things. The first, that regardless of having a mystical experience, meditation offers much, enriches all aspects of life, both practical and spiritual. Second. The mystical experience is nothing more and nothing less than a wonderful beginning. When it occurs, it fosters a process of change that continues for years and requires our attention, work and continuous growth.
The first choice we must make is between the techniques that focus on the interior and those that focus on the exterior. The inner exercises, which are often used in yoga, include the use of something interior, usually breathing. Or a sound, or an inner image, with many points in common with the Zen Buddhism exercises, include the use of something external to oneself, often simultaneously with something interior, an example would be to look at a candle while attention is paid to the breathing.
Many people at first find it easier to use internal techniques, which are usually done with closed eyes, to reduce the chances of the mind being distracted. On the other hand, there are those who find it easier to practice with eyes slightly open and eyes down. One of the indications of what type of exercise may be suitable is given by the general level of sensitivity and ease of distraction. Those who are greatly influenced by the thoughts and feelings of others may find it more convenient to practice with their eyes open. The exercises with the open eyes affect the cerebral waves stimulating the capacity of mental concentration, which, in turn, favors the concentration and makes it less exposed to the influence of the environment. This, like other side effects of meditation. it tends to be extended to everyday life.
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