The secrets to mastering the material world and
transcending suffering are within you. It's all about
brining more awareness to your inner world. Learning how to quiet the
mind (meditate) is the
essential foundation to self-mastery and a profound inner peace. When you quiet the mind, you
become free from its grasp on you, and can "control" it.
This illusion of control is a wonderful one, in that we truly
place of deep peace, power and creativity inside.
The mind can never totally be controlled, nor
would we want to always be in control of it. That's way to
much work and wouldn't allow you to really enjoy your life.
Mind mastery happens when you drop the mind... completely.
When you are free from the clutches of your thoughts and can
welcome any experience that comes your way.
Letting go of the mind doesn't mean you
don't think thoughts again, it just means you are not "buying
into" their dramatic stories. This allows you to step into a
life of bliss where manifestation of your every single desire
becomes very simple and easy.
is the key in that it enables you to step away from the mind
enough to be able to hold it on what you want, instead of what you
don't want. When you are focused on what you want for long
enough periods of time, with plenty of emotion behind it, you can attract
experience into your life.
When you become the master of your mind,
you will automatically and naturally master your life.
There's nothing you do to actually "meditate". If you cannot focus
your mind to be present for a few minutes that is OK. It
just means you have experience in being unfocused. So
practice being unfocused and simply sit with it. Being unfocused and experience
your own divine presence. This is the doorway to
enlightenment and what transcending suffering is all about.
Practice being with what is, and letting
everything be as it is. This will train and tame the mind to
truly obey you. The mind tends to rebel, wander and be
restless and thinks it needs more structure or control to attain
all the egos goals. Yet, mind mastery is just the opposite.
When you let go of control and surrender to the infinite source of
the soul that you are, you master THIS moment.
"You need not leave
your room. Remain sitting at
your table and listen. You need not even
listen, simply wait. You need not even
wait, just learn to become quiet, still and
solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be
unmasked. It has no other choice. It will roll in
ecstasy at your feet." ~Franz Kafka
are basically two kinds of meditation, the traditional and the
non-traditional. Traditional meditation techniques would
include the repetition of an affirmation such as chanting a
mantra, or perhaps following your breath, gazing into a candle
flame etc. These are done for the sole purpose of training the
mind to remain more in the present moment. These techniques use a
fixed experience inside or outside the body, such as a thought or
idea, to center and still the mind.
With the non-traditional approach, anything and everything you do
can become a meditation. Walking to the bus stop, making dinner,
washing your clothes, eating, etc. Just try witnessing
the sensation of air passing in and out of your nostrils. In
any experience you can learn how to calm the mind. These everyday experiences
become meditative when you bring a mindfulness and a fullness of
your being into your experience.
The big question now is how much consciousness and
can you have while you're washing the dishes? Feeling the warm
water run across your hands, the sound of scrubbing the pot, this
too can be your ticket to transcending suffering, mastering the
material world and entering meditation.