Divyaa Kummar's picture

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Hi... what usually comes in the way of meditation is the notions we have about it - so don't sit with preconceived notions of what/how its meant to be! Don't fight with thoughts - or try to be thoughtless initially - that itself becomes the hurdle! Allow thoughts to rise ...watch them..don't get entangled with them..and as you pay not your attention and thus lend them not your life force..they start to spontaneously recede...

LET ME SHARE AN ANALOGY WITH YOU:-Bad seats at the play-A lighthearted meditative analogy on moving away from thoughts!

See your self sitting in a theater and see your thoughts like the play on the stage! And then become aware you have got bad seats for the play! So yes you can vaguely see the play (yr thoughts) … you can just about hear the actors (your thoughts)… but you have got bad seats for the play so they are faintly out there in the distance! Even as you try to catch what’s going on- the stage movements (yr thoughts) are too far away- and at some point you naturally lose interest in the happenings (become aware how your thoughts cant hold yr attention any more)! So yes the play (yr thoughts) is going on…somewhere…but you are increasingly disconnected from it all and at some point you just forget the stage and the actors and the whole thing…(yr thoughts) and close your eyes and rest deeper into the soft seat and go into a reverie within …! And ah… as you tap into Self…there is no stage no play no thoughts…

mika's picture

Watch the mind's restlessness and resistance to meditation

I would add also that don't force yourself to sit while meditating. At least in the beginning (and afterwards if you do not tend to fall asleep while meditating) lie down, find a posture that is convenient for you, make the physical conditions easy and relaxing.

One must understand that the restlessness when meditating is caused by the mind that is nervous about this all thing. The mind is by its nature action and movement of thoughts and meditation means the opposite, its diminishing or even cessation. The mind is nervous about meditation simply because it poses a threat to it. So in order to ease this impact of the resisting mind, simply watch its resistance without judgement and without trying to combat it.

Also, exactly for such people that find it hard to do classic meditations, Osho offered endless types of active meditations (he called them dynamic meditations), these can be an excellent starter to chase away our mind's objection to meditation.

mika | Thu, 12/12/2013 - 13:36
Divyaa Kummar's picture

Guided meditations use the mind to go beyond the mind!

Yes, guided meditations are an excellent way to start! The conscious mind is initially kept engaged by attaching its focus on an higher/vaster aspect of Self...so one does not need to shut off thought or bother with the unruly mind as one sits in mediation but instead we give the mind something of a higher nature (than day to day thoughts )-usually visualizations -to keep it focused. Energy follows thoughts is one of the universal principles- and thus ,over time the mind moves beyond itself...this was also one of the principles behind ancient dhyana meditations.

Also as the conscious mind is kept engaged, the subconscious opens up to the deeper energies in play ... and often a process called 'entrainment' is at play … as the guide taking you through a guided mediation taps into and expresses from their deepest highest energies … a potent energy field is created to enable you to enter into the same frequency...

Love and blessings

Divyaa Kummar | Thu, 12/12/2013 - 14:19
lagrimos's picture


Indeed graduality is the name of the game. This is, for example, one of the key powers of Goenka's Vipassana in which the first 3 days are dedicated only to the gradual quietening of the mind before starting at all the Vipassana itself.

lagrimos | Fri, 12/13/2013 - 14:33