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  • Sampriya - Marie-Lou

For a long time we have been saying that we don’t have enough time. The busyness of our lives was the pretext to run and to keep running. Because of it we were able to justify that we didn’t have time to slow down, to be watchful, to meditate. It seems that Life itself has decided to change this situation...

Overnight we find ourselves in a world where the ground on which we stand seems to be shifting. Things that were unthinkable two weeks ago, have become reality. Individually and collectively we are forced to adapt and change our habits and world view on a daily basis. This brings a sense of insecurity that may even manifest as fear, since we can no longer predict with any certainty what tomorrow will bring.

As much as these changes will cause different forms of hardships, they also offer an incredible gift, and with this gift an opportunity for transformation and expansion. This sudden luxury of time is a precious invitation pause, to change the pace of our life, our habits and our thinking.

When life slows down, our perceptions change. We start to notice things that were lost in the speed of our thoughts and actions before. We see that there is a space between thoughts, we perceive more details in our environment, maybe we notice more acutely how the people around us are feeling or what is going on within ourselves.

Pause is not just a gift, it is a definite power. Especially when we live in close quarters with family. The ability to pause before we react will significantly improve the quality of our communication and therefore the climate in which we live our confined lives. Using the power of pause will allow us to choose what information we listen to, what food we eat, what activities we adopt. It gives us the power to resist the pull of our conditioned and reflexive reactions that follow any thought as if we were on automatic pilot.

In accepting and practicing the gift of pause we also counter the influence of auto-pilot in our actions. Because pause brings awareness to our actions, it gives us the power to choose one thing over another. This makes the act of pausing one of the most powerful ways to change habits that don't serve us.

When we deeply contemplate the infinite potential of the power of pause, we realise that it is not just a means to change our waking state from stressful to peaceful. We can use this unexpected offering of time to actually pause our actions - to to go inside, since going outside might not be an option for a while...

Going inside is another word for Meditation. We sit down, close our eyes and start watching. We notice that we no longer see our body or the room in which we sit. What we perceive with our eyes closed is the multitude of thoughts and feelings that are vying for attention. In Meditation we will not try to understand them or figure out why they are there. We will simply notice that they exist as movement going on in our mind. The focus of our attention is shifted to that which is aware of the movement.

The very realisation that there is a part of us that sees and knows the thoughts, represents a fundamental shift. It allows us to see that there is an aspect of our being that is always present and unchanging. If we continue sitting with our eyes closed we become aware that this ever-present Knower is not affected by the thoughts, their content or their number. This Knower is the unchanging presence of the Self our True Nature. When we pause and meditate we become aware that the Knower is never separate, ever-present, Pure Free and Forever. This challenging time of change also offers us an incredible opportunity: to accept the gift of pause and to experience the most profound transformation - the knowledge that the unchanging Knower is who we truly are.

Stay well, be safe and listen to our FREE Guided Meditation if you are interested in an immediate experience of Meditation. Check out our Online Satsang to experience Meditation in a group or contact Sampriya for a free half hour consultation on private Online Meditation Mentoring.

  • Sampriya - Marie-Lou

When we think of "me", or "my identity" as a human being, we think of our body. In most people, the sense of I is consisting of the physical form we see in the mirror and of the thoughts we have about it.

We think of ourselves as being this or that; as small or tall, smart or stupid, beautiful or ugly. All these qualifications are messages from the surrounding environment that we have internalised and accepted as true. Our own thinking may have added to these definitions and we may have come to the conclusion that yes, I am not intelligent enough, or too tall or not meeting the beauty standards of this world...

As for the body, we watch it change constantly. What once was the form of a small child grew into a teenager and then into a young adult. Eventually the traits of youth transformed into an ageing adult who watches wrinkles develop on the face and whose body gets less agile and more fragile.

It is safe to say that all material or mental aspects of our life change constantly. Even seemingly solid objects, like a house or a car, are subject to the law of change. One day they are shiny and new, yet just a few years later they have become worn and outdated. In the end they will disappear, just like a vast area of woods can vanish to become an urban agglomeration. Even mountain ranges change and eventually crumble if we are there to watch over a long enough period of time.

Unless a deeper questioning awakes from within, we go through life with our attention focused exclusively on these ever-changing forms and thoughts in which our identity is embedded. This is how the vast majority of people live. But there is an ever growing number of seekers who are tuning in to the fact that there is truly more to us than a changing body and a wavering mind. They are beginning to explore aspects of their being that are beyond the sensory perceptions. Just like the sages and saints that have walked this path for millennia, they realise that at the back of all the appearing and disappearing forms is a space or presence that is unchanging and ever-present.

If we want to know this presence in our own being, we need to reverse the focus of our attention. Instead of following every thought and every sensory perception, we need to turn our attention inward by closing our eyes. At first we may notice the many thoughts and feelings that jump into our awareness when we begin to meditate. We get to see just how densely populated our mind is... If we choose to continue sitting and watching, we notice that even though thoughts continue to come and go, there is something in us that is watching and knowing them. This knowing Awareness is what we want to pay attention to. In cultivating awareness of this Awareness, we develop the ability to know the difference between the coming and going of thoughts and the ever-present Presence that knows them. In choosing to remain with the Presence, as the Presence, we have a chance to mature the understanding that it is who we truly are. No form or thought exists without or separate from the Presence that is our True Nature. Knowing this with every fibre of our being is the invaluable gift of Meditation!

If you would like to explore the gift of Meditation for yourself, you can join an Online Satsang, or sign-up for a free half hour session to explore the power of Online Meditation Mentoring with Sampriya. Check out Sampriya's travel schedule in the Fall for Meditation Seminars and Retreats in Switzerland and The Netherlands.

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  • Sampriya - Marie-Lou

For a meditator, Vivek, the power to discriminate between the Unchanging and the ever-changing, is an absolute necessity. Without it s/he is eternally caught in the wheel of the mind that can only discriminate within the duality of its limited spectrum. The mind will know the difference between good and bad, black and white, right or wrong and especially between what it likes and doesn't like. In other words, the mind has the ability to discriminate within the dimension of the ever-changing waking state, but it can't go beyond.

In everyday life, our attention is focused exclusively on the changing world of things and forms. We are engaged with our thoughts, desires, preferences, projects and hopes for specific outcomes. The human mind is literally hypnotised by the constant movement in this ever-changing field. The awareness of the Unchanging Space of Freedom at the back of it is lost when the attention is caught up in the form level experience.

In order to reorient our attention, a different kind of knowledge is needed. The knowledge we are talking about here is not just information processed through the intellect. It is knowledge that invites us to explore the existence of a part of us that is invisible and unchanging. For this experience to unfold, we need to close our eyes. When we meditate, we withdraw our attention from the movement of thoughts and we direct it to breath or mantra. By withdrawing attention from our thoughts, we also withdraw their energy to move and pull us in. Eventually the movement of the mind will subside and we remain with That which is always present - the unchanging space of the Self that is our True Nature.

When we experience the space of our True Nature as our very own Self, we are left with sense of Pure Freedom that is hard to put in words. Since the experience is not happening within the realm of the mind, and since words are the mind's tools, it is not surprising that they can't really express the vastness of the experience of Freedom. And yet the experience is known with great clarity. That is when we realise that Freedom is not experienced by the ego

/mind/intellect, but by Freedom or the Self itself. More importantly, we realise that the Self experiencing itSelf is not separate from me. The individual self and the Unchanging Self are one and the same Space of Self. One is infinite and unchanging, the other is also infinite, but it APPEARS to be changing and moving - yet it is the same fundamental Space of Self.

Recognising this fact is the subtlest form of Vivek. The unfoldment of the power of Vivek in our lives is a result of our Meditation practice. When we become firm in our knowledge of the Self as our True Nature through a regular practice, we are no longer fooled by the antics of the mind. This is how instant recognition of the Unchanging as Me becomes our way of life.

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