We can only hear a sound or silence because of our awareness. As the sound passes, the knowing of it remains. The nature of awareness is distinct from its sensory and mental contents. Happiness is inseparable from understanding of consciousness.
Meditation is a practice to become aware of awareness. Awareness is the field of presence in which ordinary consciousness appears. Our thoughts inhibit our awareness by identifying with our loneliness, worries or low self-esteem. A stability of awareness allows us to look at any experience with equanimity.
There is no rush to healing. To avoid getting lost in aversion we approach pain slowly and with an open mind. Curiosity allows us to welcome what is there, one step at a time. By receiving each sensation with loving kindness, we can feel compassion with our suffering.
This guided meditation was written in 1991 by Stephen Levine.
Thanks to (c) Ondrea Levine, and to Dale Borglum. www.livingdying.org
The pause between the in- and the out-breath is a moment of silence and calm. It suspends the thinking and doing mode, allowing us to just be and to restore our energy. Calming and clearing your mind enables you to approach the task at hand with ease and freshness.
This guided meditation will ease your mind and body into the peace of “just being”. By encouraging deep relaxation through mindfulness, you can step out of the busy doing mode. Relaxing into the here and now allows a mindful sense of your authentic self to arise.
Mindful eating means connecting with your senses. Without distraction we enjoy more intensely. We will touch, smell and taste a piece of chocolate at length. Notice that whenever you are caught in thoughts or memories, the taste disappears. Welcome the distraction, and return to tasting. Enjoy!