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How to Meditate: Use Your Mind's EyeMany people may think meditation is a state where the mind is dull, sleepy, or somehow not as alert as in everyday life (a.k.a. physical reality). Yes, the body is held relatively immobile during meditation, but that doesn’t mean your awareness is also immobile or inactive in any way. This could not be more false.

When you first begin to meditate, your mind will be all over the place. Thought after thought will cross your mind. You will follow a thought, which will take you to another thought and so on. To develop your meditation, place your focus deliberately. You must sustain the effort to not become distracted by following every thought that comes your way.

When a thought interrupts your meditation, don’t reject it, don’t react to it at all, ignore it completely. Let it go, let it pass out of your mind. If you emphasize the thought by placing your attention on it, another thought will inevitably result. Instead, place your attention elsewhere, like on your object of meditation, which could be anything: your own breath, a plant, a crystal, a tree–anything that you identify with but that will not bring you any memories.

When you meditate, see the Thoughts in your Mind as clouds–and your True Nature, like the Sky. Let the clouds pass. And You remain as the clear Sky. The key thing here is to realize that: You are not your Thoughts. Your Thoughts are not You. Let your thoughts go and you’ll see that You are still here–so you are not your thoughts, are you?

In meditation, thoughts get in the way. They are obstacles. We know the Mind allows thoughts to happen. So then, in meditation, the mind is an obstacle–yes, this is true–Mind gets in the way.

The important point here is that You are not your Mind either. You are much more than just your Mind, which is why you are trying to quiet the Mind to progress in your meditation. The Mind is very active when you first begin to meditate. In fact, one of the most difficult things to accomplish is to calm it down. But once you do quiet your mind (and everyone is capable of doing this), it will be possible to see that you are not your Mind–that in fact, you are the Consciousness that allows your Mind to arise, or happen.

I’ve written about the meditation technique called Gazing before. It is a method where you gaze at an object you have chosen specifically for your meditation. What you do is allow your vision to flow over the object in a slow clockwise spiral. Your goal is to see the True Nature of the object, to sense its energy directly. Forget everything you’ve learned about it or have been told about it. Gaze upon the object as though for the first time. Imagine that you don’t even really know what it is.

As a technique used to enter the meditative state, Gazing is very effective. After you reach a certain point where your meditation is good with an object, it is time to start meditating without the object–this is called Internal Gazing, where you are using your Mind’s eye to visualize the same object you have been meditating with and gazing at during your meditation practice.

So, when practicing internal gazing, your focus will be to see the same object with your mind’s eye. You will meditate on the object, but it will not be in front of you. Your goal is to see all the details of the object in your mind. To try and see the essence of the object, to sense its energy. See the tiniest details. You are developing a deeper understanding of it. Internal gazing develops your focus, concentration, and improves your ability to see with your mind’s eye, which will improve your creativity a great deal.

But life is fast. So, when to meditate? The trick is to meditate as often as you can–wherever you are. You can even meditate in traffic. You don’t need a block of time. You only need a minute or two. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to enter meditation at will. To get to that point, learn to calm your mind. The benefits of a calm mind are countless. So try a quick 60 second meditation now, visualize your object of meditation with your Mind’s eye, and enter the Moment–even if it’s only for a couple of minutes.

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