Greetings fellow Yogic Meditators,
The following Motionless Meditation is for those who would like to gain more control over their minds. It is a somewhat advanced meditation since it may not be very comfortable or relaxing in the beginning. Also the time we spend in meditation is over average. I can write a very long in depth post about this meditation, but I don’t think that would be the right thing to do now, so if you have further questions of the mechanism behind it or want some more in-depth information or tips, ask, or visit my website(s) (see signature).
The idea behind this meditation is to gain mastery over the mind. As you know the mind always leads you to places and make you do things by creating a desire. The mind is most of the time not content and not in peace with the here and now, therfore it creates a desire, for example; “I should get something to eat now.” Offcourse your body is not actually hungry, most of the time the mind just wants to flee from it’s current situation. It is not purified enough to make it tranquil and at peace with the present moment. Unfortunately, we have identified ourselfs so much with the mind, that we are now fully dependent on it, and we believe that every thought, and every desire, belongs to who we are. Instead, it is just the impure mind. If you can recognize this, then you already have much more control over your mind. But still… these desires are so strong that we can hardly say no to them. This meditation aims at giving you stronger will power to be in control of the mind. We are taming it. So what to do:
[B]+Go and sit in a comfortable posture. It must be a posture that you can hold for a long time without any movement. Perhaps you would like some stretching before you begin. Whatever feels good. [/B]
[B]+Set a time limit between 1 hour and…as long as you wish. But decide a time before you start, and then set your stopwatch or timer on that time. [/B]
[B]+Don’t move, don’t scratch, don’t even wink nor move your tiny toe.[/B]
What’s the point in that? Well a Tantric Yogi Master once said:
[I]“Just sit quietly for three hours in a row without moving, without even winking, then everything will be accomplished easily.”[/I]
Now why would that be? Because if you sit quietly for that long, and you stay focussed and conscious while meditating, you will automatically become aware of the demands of the mind. The desires it throws at you. It will recieve outside stimulus, it will react to that by creating a desire, so that you complete the demanded reaction. For example the mind will percieve a tingling sensation in your feet, accordingly it will try to make you move the feet. Or it will smell some nice food and create a feeling of hunger and it will demand you with its desire to get some food. But remember, the mind can never complete this process without the expression of the body. It needs the body to go and do something somewhere. So if you control your body by not moving for a long period of time, eventually the mind will just have to obey you. It will become quiet and you will be master again.
It is a very nice experience and to me this is a short-cut to mastery over the mind. It is very effective. Just sit down, don’t move, and let your attention become aware of all the thoughts and desires your mind throws at you. The moment you feel you are getting a desire, try to realise what outside stimulus created that feeling, and what your mind tries to make you do. If you watch this process, you are not your mind anymore and the identification with it will gradually dissolve. And you will immediately experience more control over your mind, its desires and the things you do. Afterwards you will feel stability in a flexible way.
ps. Remember the mind will also trick you in stopping before the end of the time, which you decided earlier. [B]Don’t give in[/B], because then the mind is your master, instead of you being his master. Don’t move, stay motionless in posture. And sit out the time you have decided. What you’ve decided, you must finish, That’s the most crucial element of this meditation.
Love & Light,