Infinite depth makes us light. To facilitate your lightness of being, here’s a joke:
What did the meditator say to the hotdog vendor? “Make me one with everything!”
After the meditator received his hotdog, he gave the vendor a $20 bill. The vendor smiled. The man held out his hand and said "Change?" The vendor replied, "Change comes from within."
Today's Teaching: Infinite Depth
"In order to discover the infinite depth of your own self, you must find a way to enter into a very deep state of meditation—such a deep state that your awareness of thought moves to the background and eventually disappears. When awareness of thought disappears, the awareness of the passing of time disappears along with it." -Andrew Cohen
As we head into these relatively longer meditations, you may notice this very phenomenon. The infinite space is boundless, it is ever deepening by it’s very nature. At first, as you allow your thoughts, feelings, and stray urgencies to play out, you shift your attention - ever so lightly - to the background of your experience. As you get more space into your experience, you begin to realize that you are not those thoughts, you couldn’t be. And like whipping cream, when the air gets in, you are transformed. You realize that who you truly are is not limited to or controlled consciously or unconsciously by the endless flow of thoughts, fears, and conditions of the mind. You are actually a free agent!
Simultaneous with this realization is a sense of ever deepening humility and gratitude. In this place, do not hold on. Do not grasp. Sink and time will disappear. Sink and be swept away. Sink and realize that you are that One and you never could have been anything else. Do not let fear stop you, you will only become more yourself by letting go.
For those of you who want a more linear insight into the stages of meditation, please take the time to read an amazing interview with Ken Wilber, one of the leading edge philosophers of our time, called The Stages of Meditation. He thoroughly goes through the process, the way he sees it. Sometimes in all the unknown we tread, it is helpful to recognize our steps in another's journey.
Day 9 Guided Meditation:
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