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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Meditating to observe and free your thoughts

As I mentioned in my last post, I am reading the book "Detachment from Attachment" by Tejguru. One of the things it said is this:

- "if you are under the impression that someone else is responsible for your sorrow, then you can be sure that you will never be happy."

My question is, how do you make the other person see this point of view? I am still contemplating on this. If you have any ideas, feel free to write in the comment box.

Meanwhile, I feel like sharing the thought meditation method here. It is used to help you observe your thoughts and dissolve your fixation for thoughts.

Thought Meditation

  1. Close your eyes and sit in the meditation posture. (Sit down with legs folded and spine erect with the Gyan Mudra or Wisdom Posture - the hands should be on the knees with the palms facing upwards. The index finger and thumb should be touching each other with the rest of the fingers kept straight).
  2. Start watching your thoughts. See which thoughts are going on within you.
  3. Keeping the body steady, continue watching the types of thoughts that are passing through your mind from a distance (without getting identified; remaining separate). In this meditation, while being separate, you will know what kind of thoughts go on in your mind, what kind of thoughts are going on about various subjects.
  4. Keep watching and knowing your thoughts like a witness. Don't label any thought as good or bad. Avoid any such desire that I want more thoughts or I don't want any thoughts.
  5. Initially practise this mediation for 5 minutes and gradually go on increasing its time. When you become an expert in this meditation, then start giving numbers to your thoughts.

Thought Numbering Meditation

  1. In this meditation, for becoming thoughtless, thoughts are eliminated by giving sequential numbers. Sit in the meditation posture. Begin the meditation by watching every thought.
  2. Now start numbering every thought. As soon as one thought arises, number it in your mind as 'one'. As the second thought arises, number it as 'two'. In this way, continue counting the thoughts.
  3. Sit quietly even when there are no thoughts. If the thought arises, "At this time I don't have any thoughts," then number this thought also because "I don't have any thoughts" is also a thought.
  4. Don't pursue any thought. Just number it and leave it.
  5. With this meditation, the number of thoughts will reduce drastically. Sometimes even a thoughtless state will result. Practice this meditation regularly without expecting a given result.

To help you to see how it should be done, I have asked my assistant to demonstrate to you in this picture.

Happy meditating!