I like to take a break from thinking, so I can come back to it with a different perspective and a refreshed mind. This break is called meditation and being more precise is not about not thinking, it is rather about not paying any attention to thoughts appearing on my mind. As we all know it is not that easy, because the thinking takes over like a spoilt child who wants attention and interest all the time. We don’t want to hurt it because we love it and we become dependent on its moods. But the truth is that it is I who should decide when to use it and when to let it go. It is I who should be in charge and in control of that relationship with my talking mind. There are times when I need its memories, judgment, critical approach or entertainment. There are times when I don’t want to listen to it at all. The repetitive talk can drive me crazy. So I started an educational process of learning how to regain my authority and how to manage this naughty talker, how to put it back where its place is. Mindfulness is all about that. It is about seeing the reality as it is and not as my talking critic is presenting it to me. When I take that break from thinking I connect to the here and now, I am aware of my experience that is happening now. I feel, I sense and I am; and no adjectives are attached to it. I MEDITATE.

How to solve a problem? Usually we engage our intelligence to do that. We use our knowledge and sometimes other people knowledge to approach the problem. This accumulated knowledge comes always from the past. But sometimes it is not enough. We are left with our mind spinning with thoughts without getting any help from it. We all know this state of mental vortex, a spiral of thoughts that leads to nowhere. (“My mind is driving me crazy.”)

So I would like to suggest a different way of approaching a problem. It is a very unorthodox way, very incredulous to majority of people; still those who use this way can vouch for it. How about asking for help your own body and not the mind? The body is an energy system, receiving constantly information from the environment. The amount of this information is enormous, and it is being selected, assessed and filtered so that only a small part is being noticed and considered by the thoughts. So how about dropping the thinking and turning directly to the experience of the body, the sensing and feeling what is in the present moment, in the here and now.

This state of being with the body, listening to the motion of energy in your body without involving the intelligent mind, without assessing and judging is called meditation. It creates a space, peace and clarity that may help finding an answer to the problem. LEARN MEDITATION.

Meditation is simple. But even simple things need to be learned and exercised before they become easy. And a simple thing can seem impossible if we don’t know how to do it. Learning meditation is about learning by doing. It is an experiential knowledge, not theoretical. It involves action of redirecting your focus from thinking to sensing, from following your thoughts to following sensations in your body in the present moment. It can seem impossible at first, but with a bit of willingness and curiosity it will move from difficult to possible; and if you practice a bit more it will become easy and then pleasant. When it is pleasant you don’t need to use discipline, will-power or any struggle to continue. It will become a cherished part of your life, a routine that is not a chore but a ritual. It will enrich and expand your life. You will find in it so wanted peace, quiet mind and unconditional acceptance. Learn meditation.

We, modern people are prisoners of intellectual, thinking mind. Whatever we do has to go through a gate guarded by reason. Scientific research has to be added in parenthesis to every piece of information we get and there must be an assessment of everything we do.

One can’t eat a piece of chocolate or a portion of spinach without thinking about their scientifically analyzed qualities wondering if eating it is a sin or a virtue. We want objectivity, objective truth, objective values.

But how about the subjective truth; is it a truth at all? Impressions of your senses and feelings; do they have any value, any importance? Do you like this spinach at all? How does this chocolate make you feel? The answer is subjective, the truth about it is subjective, and it’s yours and nobody else’s; it is hidden in your body. It is important to you; it has undeniable value to you.

So stop ignoring it, start listening. Spend some time with yourself in a safe, quiet space of meditation. You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome of it. LEARN MEDITATION.

There is a posture of defense and resistance in me. It had been formed when I was a child and a young person. The purpose of this posture is to keep me safe, to protect me both physically and intellectually from the environment. I have to be protected because the world outside is not benevolent, at least that was my experience while growing up. This conviction of an unfriendly world has stayed with me until now. The protective instinct became so efficient that it protects me not only from real danger but from imaginary one as well, blocking sometimes my own growth. It is on guard constantly-I am on guard constantly, unconsciously scanning the environment for
possible attack and seeing possible attack almost everywhere. This posture makes me tired. It uses all my energy. I don’t really like it. I want to change it. I want to regain some of this energy for other things than protection, things like joy, openness, creativity, abundance, playfulness, friendship…So I sit with it in a safe space of meditation; I pay attention to this strange, protective tension in my body, the fear of some unknown danger which is lingering in me; the eternal insecurity is felt, not thought. And the best way to approach feelings is by feeling them not thinking about them or trying to suppress them. I can do it now dew to this ancient wisdom-meditation.

 Life is happening now. I can dwell on the past and I can plan or fear the future, but the only reality is here in the present. I think that I am living my life, but what if life is living me. Even when I sit motionlessly there is a continuous activity in my body independent of my intelligent, thinking mind. My body is breathing itself, pumping blood, digesting food in its own tempo and in its own very sophisticated and complex way. Every cell is active, doing its stuff and communicating with the rest of this inner universe built of trillions of cells. My intelligent mind does not need to give to it any directions; it knows its job. This sophisticated instrument called the body deserves some respect and attention, because when it ceases to live I will cease with it. I take 20 minutes a day to listen to it. I pay attention to non-verbal language of it. It speaks to me through sensations and feelings and my only task is to feel them, to sense them: a breath, a pulsation, a nervous tick, a shiver or feeling of warmth… I don’t engage my intelligent mind to name or judge what I sense. I simply feel it and then time disappears, burden of past and pressure of future are gone. I am in awe; I am present, resting in the safe space of meditation.

What positive thinking has to do with negative feelings? Can I change a negative feeling by thinking positively? Well, it is a little like trying to refurbish a room by working on its snapshot on computer. The effect will be great in the virtual world-published on social media, but it will have no effect on the reality-the look of the real room. Have you ever lost weight by reading books about perfect diet? Have you learned how to ride bicycle by watching Tour de France on TV? It takes more than just involving the intelligent, thinking mind to do it; it takes involvement of your body and an act of doing it. Thinking is always placed in an imaginary past or future, doing is always happening in the present in the here and now. Doing is performed by the body and we have to involve it to achieve, to manifest what our clever mind has so beautifully planned. Feelings don’t occur in the mind, they happen in the body, they can be described and explained by the mind, but they still are experienced in the body. So to have any contact with your feelings you have to redirect your attention from the mind to the sensations in the body. How does anger feel in the body? How does frustration feel in the body? What is jealousy doing to the body? The mind calls these feelings negative, because they scare and threaten its concept of safety, comfort and pleasure. But they are in reality just some important information about you and your reality, information that should be attended to, considered and understood, not changed, suppressed, avoided or ridiculed. Yes they scare us (because we don’t know how to handle them) but there is a safe place where they can be approached, listened to and allowed. It is a space of meditation. And they will resolve after fulfilling their task, but not until then.

There are times in our life when we would like to stop thinking; to stop continuous, exhausting analysis of a particular, painful problem. But the mind won’t do that, won’t stop. We hear that meditation can quiet the mind and give us so wanted rest. Yes it can although it is not about quieting the mind it is rather about taking attention away from the stream of thoughts to some other area of vast human existence. If you don’t pay attention to your thoughts they don’t bother you. It is a shift in consciousness-away from thinking to for example sensing. It is simply a skill of redirecting attention and placing it wherever you want to. Easily said, not so easily done. We are so used to thinking that we can’t imagine a state of non-thinking. “I don’t want to be a thoughtless idiot” thinks the mind. It will never allow it. Take a chance, rebel against your mind, allow yourself to be a non-thinking idiot for 10, 15 minutes and watch what happens. MEDITATE.

 Meditation is about non-thinking. It is a state of being in which you don’t pay any attention to thoughts. It means that
you don’t change one set of thoughts (negative one) for another set of thoughts (positive one). It means that you don’t create with your mind a fairytale in exchange for a tragedy. This is still thinking and it takes you away from the presence. What I am talking about is bringing your awareness into the here and now and experiencing what is happening to you without assessing it, analyzing it, judging it or telling a story about it. Meditation is about expanding your awareness into state of experience. And I hope that there is a rebellion spirit in you. You have to rebel against authority of your intelligent mind, you have to rebel against your life-long training in thinking. You have to rebel against conviction that thinking is a highest, most valuable quality of a human being and that you don’t exist without it. Saying that I am not against thinking, I only want you to realize that there is more to a human being then just a thinking process. Let’s use our intelligent mind and thinking when it is needed. But there are times when it simply can’t do anything apart from underlining its own importance. Meditation starts with curiosity about your existence in this body and in this moment. Strangely enough it takes courage to approach it. But nobody else can tell you the truth about you. You are the only person who has this power. Use it, meditate.

I am therefore I think. Being comes first, thinking thereafter. Without my bodily existance, my physical presence I wouldn't be able to perform thinking and all the other functions of a human being. It means that without a body I am not. The first and basic condition of a human-being is to have a human-being body. For some reason we look at the body as a burden we have to carry and cope with without really liking it. It is in way, it demands care and it stops us form so many things which our mind is able to create. But if you look at it from a different angle the body is a wonderful, highly advanced and excellent instrument that can perform and fulfill everything we want to. We just need to cooperate with it, appreciate it and work with it. We need to recognize its nature, strength and mechanics. The best way to get in touch with it is to start listening to it without a filter of judgmental, intellingent mind. And the best place to do it is in meditation. The body communicates constantly and without words but through sensations and feelings. Make acquaintance with this neglected friend- the energy system of your body-the being. Paying attention to being will help you with doing. Paying attention to being will help you with thinking, feeling, dreaming, loving, creating, connecting and growing. LEARN MEDITATION

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