Even the beginner meditator knows how much the mind resists sitting still.
I’ve sat down multiple times to meditate only to incessantly think throughout the duration of the sit. The fact is that the mind does everything to avoid meditation.
Why is that?
It’s because it wants to stay alive.
What do you mean?
The ego, the sense of self, of I, me, or whatever you want to call it is seriously in danger when you meditate.
It’s because we’re identified with our thoughts. We think we physically are our thoughts. We derive our entire sense of being from thinking. Therefore when cease to think, even for short durations of time, our ego becomes frightened because it’s getting silenced.
The mind has been programmed to incessantly think about the past and the future. Before civilization this was a very efficient way to survive. To predict when danger was lurking.
So why are you promoting calming the mind?
The fact is, living in the past and the future may have been a great survival mechanism, but now it’s just plain unnecessary. Our minds weren’t design to create happiness, they were designed to help us survive.
Meditation puts an end to the suffering created by living in the past and the future. It allows us to live life to the fullest and experience reality in a whole new way.
Therefore our mind resists meditation because it doesn’t want to be silenced. The ego feels at danger when we derive satisfaction from the present moment independent of the self.
Deep inner work is just the first-hand experiential realization that you aren’t your thoughts, but in fact something much greater than your thoughts. You are reality. You are consciousness. You are the present moment.
Therefore in order to get our mind on board with meditation we need to feed it with all the benefits that meditation offers. We need to delude it into thinking that it will become a greater version of itself, although it will actually silence itself.
Now don’t take my word for it. The only true evidence you have is experience itself, this is why I encourage you to meditate. To experience life between thoughts. You’ll start to empirically realize that your sense of self starts to disappear when you become completely present. It starts to get pulled into your surroundings. This is what it feels like to have no self. It’s an immensely liberating experience that can only be understand by direct experience.
Although I don’t live all of my life no self, I have had very small glimpses into the true nature of reality. The glimpses were by there very nature fleeting, but I continue to meditate every single day in order to deepen my ability to gain satisfaction and fulfillment in my life. Self or no-self.
Why doesn’t everyone know this?
The cessation of compulsive thinking seems to be incompatible with our modern way of life. Our society is fueled by the ego. It’s fueled by our desire to lunge towards pleasure and recoil at the slightest ounce of pain. This is how the vast majority of people on this planet are raised and unless they educate themselves on these topics then they probably will never know the deep fulfillment that comes from living completely in the present moment.
This way of life is rare. It’s strange to people when you tell them that pain is just a creation of the mind. That it’s possible to experience the present moment free of any thoughts. It’s possible to stop judging experience and instead just witness it and gain complete satisfaction from it.
The goal of this blog is to educate and further people’s understanding of topics such as these. As I partake in this journey I will share my findings hoping to create a better life for you also!