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.
This meditation contains sounds of a heartbeat.
Connecting our breath with our heartbeat has a deeply calming effect on body and mind. We synchronise the rhythm of five beats with our inhalation and exhalation. We feel compassion for ourselves and with the world.
We experience fear as worry or doubt. On the basis of peace, clarity and compassion we can transform it into courageous actions. Courage is the key to enjoying life.
“The Nightingale” is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It is about an emperor who loves the sound of a clockwork bird more than the song of a real nightingale. When the Emperor is nearly dies, the nightingale’s song restores his health.
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.
Gratitude is the key to happiness and joy. By welcoming the present moment we appreciate life as a gift. If we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have can make us happy, as we will always want more or something else. Being grateful makes our life meaningful.