Comments on Practice of Meditation by Florence Mary, November 4, 1999.

MEDITATION

1. Bring energy into the heart and solar plexus area (focus point for concentration) in order to leave the world behind and practice emptiness. This emptiness allows one to observe the stream of consciousness that passes through the mind. (no judgement)

2. Through stages of concentration one sets aside one’s attachments so the ego can be forgotten and the “All” may be experienced. 

3. Rhythmic breathing, your own natural pace, at first, in through the mouth and out through the nose. As one calms the mind and sets aside “carnal” attachments even to their own body, peace and harmony descend. This state is like “conscious sleeping”, where everything simply “IS”.

4. Gradually, this “IS” reality is translated into everyday life where the pace of the breath is the same as in the meditative process. Peace and harmony, without attachment are achieved through observing the process of life not as perfect or imperfect, but as “ISNESS”, which eliminates duality.

5. The goal of meditation may be “enlightenment” or an “aha” moment where one sees clearly “ISNESS”. This “isness”, is no longer theory but an experience of being clearly in the moment with no past or future. One moves not at all, but flows in that moment. Days, weeks, months and years pass but the moment remains “still”, but not fixed.

6. As you begin to experience the separation of consciousness from the routines of daily life and its cares, move your consciousness to the area between the eyebrows. At this time, the rhythm of the breath should slow.

Posture

There are numerous beliefs and traditions that may be adapted for meditation. Traditional postures are seen as “ideal conditions” but are unnecessary to the person who’s intent is to sincerely practice and experience meditative states. 

Sit comfortably in any way that keeps the back upright. You may support the back as long as it does not encourage sleep.  Therefor, support should only encourage keeping the spine erect and energy flowing through the chakra centers. 

Chair Sitting – Feet flat on the floor or soles of the feet together. Keep the back erect and place your support behind you. You may find as you practice the support is used less – as the back straightens, consciousness deepens.

Stool Sitting –  This allows for one to cross legs into a more traditional way. The back is unsupported or near a wall with a wedge for lower back support if needed. The stool may vary in height from 8-18 inches but is lower than a chair. The stool may be placed on a mat or large cushion for comfort.

Traditional Positions – these may be everything from full lotus positions to just cross-legged sitting on the floor, wedges or pillows but with the back unsupported. 

Each person must choose the position that best keeps them alert and aware to allow true concentration.

Webmasters note/tip : myself, I learned from a wise man who practiced being present and he gave me a little trick to use. I keep my tongue towards the roof of my mouth as I breath the breath. It keeps me present, alert and tends to aid in opening up the brow area.

 

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52 year old artist (Obelious Arts & Photography), outdoorsman, nature lover, spirit lover and one of Florence Mary's closest friends. Currently existing in Nelson BC, Canada.