Open Awareness by Joseph Goldstein

 

 

This morning we’re going to do a guided meditation.

Affectionally known as the “Big Mind” meditation.

And so, sit in a, comfortable, but reasonably straight posture.

 

We begin by opening to sounds.

And may occasionally ring the bell, because it’s so quiet, give you a sound to pay attention to.

 

But first just open to sound.

The sound of my voice.

The occasional distinct sound that may arise.

And even the sound of silence.

Staying soft, relaxed, receptive.

Not looking for anything.

Simply being open to the sounds that appear.

 

Let’s the mind be at ease.

Relaxed.

Open to whatever arises in the realm of sound.

 

Notice how effortlessly, each sound is known in the moment it appears.

The knowing is not anticipating.

It’s not lagging.

Let the mind become like the Big Sky. Empty Sky. Empty Space.

Different sounds appearing, changing and vandishin in the open space of the mind.

 

Mind is open, receptive, aware of the sound of my voice.

The other sounds that may appear.

Sound of silence.

It’s not looking for sound.

Rather it’s simply opening to them.

 

Mind is like open space.

Sounds appear and disappear.

In this open emptiness of mind.

 

And open to different sensations that arise and appear

Sensations are points in feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

There’s no solid body.

There’s no back or knees.

Only points of sensation.

Points of feeling.

Appearing and disappearing in the open emptiness of mind.

There’s no inside. No outside.

No boundaries of separation.

Only sounds, sensations, appearing and disappearing in the open space of mind.

 

There’s no solid body.

Or head or shoulders, back or chest.

Arms or legs.

Only particular points of senaation.

Points of feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

Appearing and changing the open empty space of mind.

 

Notice how effortlessly how each sound is know the moment it appears.

Notice how effortlessly each sensation is known in the moment it appears.

Be aware of thoughts and images like clouds in the sky.

Just appearing and disappearing in the open empty space of mind.

Theres’ no inside, no outside, no boundaries of separation.

Just sounds, sensations, thoughts and images, hearing and dissolving in the empty openness of mind.

 

Not wanting, not looking.

Simply resting in the empty aware space of mind.

As sounds appear.

Sensations appear as points of feeling.

Thoughts and images appear.

Rest and ease the weary mind.

There’s no solid body.

No head, no shoulders.

No back, no chest.

No arms or hands or legs or feet.

Only points of sensation. Points of feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

Appearing and changing in the open empty space of mind.

No wanting, no doing.

All experience appears and changes and disappears by itself.

Experience directly your own mind.

It’s invisible.

Clear.

Without color, without form.

Directly experience your own mind.

Empty, open.

It is but it doesn’t exist.

Experience directly your own mind.

Knows all things but is not composed of them.

Unformed.

Unborn.

Directly experience your own mind.

 

Experience directly your own mind.

Can’t be seen.

Can’t be touched.

No color, no form.

Empty like space.

It knows all appearances but is not composed of them.

Looking for it…there’s nothing to find.

And yet it knows all things.

Experience directly your own mind.

 

There’s no inside, no outside.

No boundaries or separation.

Only sounds, sensations, thoughts and images.

Hearing and changing.

In the empty openness of mind.

 

There’s no solid body, no head or shoulders, back or chest.

Arms or legs.

Only points of sensation.

Points of feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

Appearing and changing in the open emptiness of mind.

 

Experience directly your own mind.

Look for it, there’s nothing to find.

Open, empty.

Without color, without form.

It is but it doesn’t exist.

Directly experience your own mind.

It knows all things but isn’t composed of them.

Unformed, unborn.

 

Experience directly your own mind.

The cognizing power of emptiness.

There’s no inside or outside.

No boundaries.

No separation.

Sounds, sensations, thoughts and images.

Known immediately the moment that they appear.

 

Sounds appear, sensations appear, thoughts and images appear in the empty openness of mind.

There’s nothing to do, nothing to be, nothing to have.

 

Sounds are known.

Known by what?

Experience directly the nature of mind.

Empty, open.

No color, no form.

The cognizing power of emptiness.

 

No inside, no outside.

No boundaries, no separation.

Just sounds, sensations, thoughts and images.

Appearing and changing in the empty open space of mind.

 

If you found this helpful at all.

Simply including the visual field as another appearance of mind.

It’s just like sound or sensation.

Sights are being known.

Color or form is being known.

If you didn’t find it helpful, forget about it.

 

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