Category: Position

Open Awareness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

 

 

Welcome.

I’m very happy to share you some meditation instructions.

Ok, now first is, it’s very simple, please keep your spine straight. Just straight but don’t worry too much about perfect.

Just keep straight.

 

And please close your eyes.

Just you closeyour eyes like you’re sleeping.

You don’t have to close too tightly or any special way.

And relax your muscles in your body.

 

Relax muscles in your head…face…ears….cheeks…throat…upper body…arms and hands…lower body…and the legs and feet.

Just totally relax.

Yet…spine straight.

And little bit your, bend your neck forward…little bit….it’s almost like the weight of your head rests on your neck.

You can effortlessly rest.

Each part of the body on the one below.

 

And this way you feel like resting but ther’es something distinctive.

So you can find balance on the part of your body that is resting…on top of the ea…on top of the others.

But at the same time, there is some sort of strenght within you.

Your spine straight.

 

Sometimes you feel a bit like gravirty…like gravity…

And just feel sometime, some sensations,..just let it be. Whatever feeling in your body just aware and let it be.

 

When I was young, my father used to tell me that.

“Let your body on the cushion and let your mind in the body.” This way — join body and mind together.

Your mind come to the body— just aware of your body and aware of any sensations.

Feelings in your body.

Pleaseant feelings,

 

Joy.

Bliss

Unpleaseant feelings

Tight. Pain.

Or Netural feelings. Maybe tingling.

Or no feeling.

So any type of feelings.

 

Just aware.

And let it be.

Ok for a few seconds…jsut aware.

Just relax…

Ok…

 

Now…you can expand your awareness into out of your body.

Surround of you.

Maybe there is some sound…any smell…or any sensations

Like your room temperature

A little bit hot a little bit cold.

 

Any noise

People are chatting

A car, train, or airplanes moving around.

Or your navels making noise.

Anything — just aware.

 

Just noise.

Just recognize there are sounds.

And your awareness becomes more open and more vast.

Stay there ….and aware of any phenomenas…for a few seconds.

 

Now you can expand your awareness even more further beyond your immediate surrounding.

Feel the space around you.

Above you.

And aware of that space.

More further down.

 

All of the phenomenas are occur in the space.

Changing in the space.

Dissolving bcak into the space.

Like clouds.

They come into space.

Reamain in the space.

They disolve in the space.

 

And now you can even more expand your awareness.

Go beyond the clouds.

Space which is boundless

Space which is open for all durations.

Everywhere.

Be there.

Don’t worry you’re not going to get lost.

Stay there for a few seconds.

 

Ok now — please slowly open your eyes.

And be present here.

Just rest your mind also.

Not only the body.

How to rest your mind.

 

For example, if you like to do physical exercise.

You’re jogging.

In that garden or park.

Or hiking to the hills or mountains.

Maybe for af few minutes or hours.

Let’s say 1 hour.

And when you finish your job.

You may use a nice seat or rock or grass field.

Sit on the grass fireld.

And with big sigh — – HAAA — just resting.

 

You don’t have to meditate. Just let your mind rest as it is.

And the body also.

Just rest.

For a few seconds.

Maybe you feel like — oh there are so many thoughts. So many emotions — occuring in my mind.

 

What should i do with those emotions, those thoughts?

Same? Same as before..

You’re just aware.

If there are thoughts and emtoins – – just aware.

But  I go blah blah blah…

Aware and let it be…

Same way your’e aware of your body.

 

Aware of sound and sesnsations.

Just aware…thoughts and meotions.

Let them come, and let them go.

 

But if you’re not aware of them.

Also fine!

You’re in non-conceptual state of mind.

But not too long — for a few seconds.

Again.

 

Just aware…for a few seconds.

Anything occurs in your mind, in your body…in your perceptions.

Just aware and let it be.

 

Ok…now you can apply this awareness, this open, this awareness with any situation in your life with any activities in daily life.

Short time, many times, everywhere, anytimes.

7 days for a week.

365 of the year.

 

Then you can be be your mind with joyful, feel peaceful experience, and you will develop your inner love compassion wisdom.

Thank you!

 

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Mountain Meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

When it comes to meditation, mountains have a lot to teach.

Having archetypal significance in all cultures.

Mountains are sacred places.

People have always sought spiritual guidance and renewal in them and among them.

 

The mountain is the symbol of the prime axis of the world.

Mount Neru.

The dwelling place of the Gods.

Mount Olympus.

And the place the spiritual leader encounters God and receives his commandments and covenant.

Mount Sinai.

 

Mountains are held sacred

Embodying dread and harmony, hardness and majesty

Rising above all else on our planet.

They beckon and overwhelm with their sheer presence

 

Their nature is elemental.

Rock. Rock hard. Rock solid.

Mountains are the place of visions.

Where one can touch the panoramic scale of the world and its intersection of life’s fragile but tenacious rootings.

 

Mountains have played key roles in our history and our pre-history.

To traditional peoples, mountains were and are still mother, father, guardian, protector, ally.

 

In meditation practice it can be helpful sometimes to borrow these wonderful archetypal qualities of mountains.

And use them to boot our intentionality and resolve.

To hold the moment with the elemental purity and simplicity.

The mountain image held in the minds eye and body can freshen our memory of why we are sitting here in the first place.

And what it truly means each time to take our seat and dwell in the realm of non-doing.

Mountains are quintessentially emblematic of abiding presence and stillness.

 

The Mountain Meditation can be practiced in the following way or modified to resonate with your personal vision of the mountain and its meaning.

It can be done in any posture.

But I find it most powerful when I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor.

So that mybody looks and feels most mountain like.

Inside and outside.

Being in the mountain  but not at all necessary.

It is the inner image which is the source of power here.

 

Picture the most beautiful mountain you know of

One that speaks personally to you.

As you …in the mind’s eye.

notice the mountain’s shape.

The steep or gently sloping sides.

Notice how massive it is.

A beauty emanating from its unique signature or form.

Mountainness.

Transcending particular shape or form.

 

Perhaps your mountain has snow at the top and trees on the lower slope.

Perhaps it has one prominent peak.

Perhaps a series of peaks and a plateau.

However it appears, just sit and breathe with the image of this mountain.

Observing it…noting its qualities.

 

When you feel ready.

See if you can bring the mountain into your own body.

Become one.

Your head becomes the lofty peak.

Your buttocks become.

or to your chair.

 

Experience in your body.

Invite yourself to become a breathing mountain.

Completely what you are.

Beyond words and thought.

Presence..

 

Now as awe all know, throughout the day.

As the sun travels through the sky.

moment to moment in the mountain’s granite stilness.

Even the untrained eye can see changes within the hour.

And paint the life of his inanimate subject.

Transformed cathedral, river or mountain.

And therefore wake up the viewer’s eye.

The mountain just sits.

Simply being itself.

It remains still.

And as the weather changes moment by moment..

Calmness abiding by all change.