Obstacle of Nothing

Sometimes the easiest, yet most difficult thing to do is nothing.

Nothing often requires a letting go/ surrendering to the pressent. But our minds don’t always make it easy. I think this is where focused based meditations like Vipassana or Transcendental Meditation are useful.

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  1. saijanai
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 09:14:04

    Nothing often requires a letting go/ surrendering to the pressent. But our mindsdon’t always make it easy. I think this is where focused based meditations like Vipassana or Transcendental Meditation are useful.

    I think you have misunderstood TM. TM isn't focused based meditation, nor is it any kind of mindfulness practice. TM is a mind-wandering practice, as this short video by Mahairshi Mahesh Yogi makes clear: Mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

    The point of TM is to allow the nervous system to rest, which repairs the stress that prevefnt the person from being enlightened.

    Enlightenment, frst stage, is where a pure sense-of-self, that is not involved in any activity, belief, emotion, desire, memory, intuition, though, intent, etc, has emerged and becdome permanent. Because this pure sense-of-self is permanent, it is naturally identified as the "real" self, and so all descriptions of an enlightened person by an enlightened person are about this situation.

    For example "I am always mindful" is a reference to this pure sense-of-self: I am is always mindful, because that is all I am can ever do: be aware. It's not a description of how to become enlightened. It is a description of what it is like to be enlightened. Likewise, "surrendering the present moment," is again all I am can ever do.

     

    Enlightenment emerges out of a specific state of the nervous system. This state of the nervous system is merely low-stress and any process that helps lower the stress found in the nervous system without creating new kidns of stress, necessarily helps bring about enlightenment. Ironically, the most popular meditation practices, e.g., mindfulness and focused attention, help reduce stress in one area and raise stress in others. The result is that they have medical benefits, but reduce the likelihood that the pure sense-of-self will start to emerge.

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