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Dec. 30th, 2008

09:32 am - How To Meditate Without Dying

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Date:December 30th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Sometimes, especially during ritual or trancy times when I "should" be letting go of monkey-mind and just being present to the experience... when I notice myself getting analytical or drifting somewhere unrelated, I think, "Hmm, that's interesting. Now back to what I was doing..."

Sometimes a drifting mind means quite simply that I have relaxed and the subconscious is flowing and conscious mind is no longer in tight control of where my thoughts and feelings go. That is a good thing especially in trance work. And, just like night dreams, it can end up wandering far from where I choose to be mentally. This ISN'T A BAD THING. It's side effect of being lightly sleepy / drifty. And it's okay. And if it doesn't serve the trance or meditative work I'm doing at the time, I just notice where I am and what I'm doing and gently get back on track.

I do my best meta-programming work when I can relax enough that my conscious mind gets out of the way and quits chasing ducks, which may mean I'm getting a little sleepy, even though that means sometimes my thoughts get off-track from where I intended to be because the conscious mind isn't forcing it on-track. It happens. I let it be. I drift gently back on-track once I notice.

Other times, my mind drifts away from "the work" because of emotional resistance, fear, lack of clarity, bad timing, or other things that directly take me away from what I intended to do/be/learn. Then the drifting becomes a noticing of where I'm at emotionally, that I have feelings on the matter, that perhaps there is something important I'm avoiding or that I need to approach differently. It becomes information, a help on my path, something to be thankful for even as I release it.
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