I recommend never following anyone else’s advice, especially not my advice! Far better to listen to your inner voice, the voice of your heart and follow its advice without hesitation. Then you can never go wrong. By all means listen to the input of others, if they are talking positively and from a place of consciousness, evaluate it and then make up your own mind according to what feels right for you. Never ask yourself what you think – ask yourself instead how you feel. Because only your heart knows what’s right for you.
But there are many times when it seems impossible to hear that still, small voice, the voice of your heart, because your mind is crowded out with deafening chatter!
When that happens there’s always one solution that always works – meditation. Particularly silent meditation. For me the primary purpose of silent meditation is to gain deep insights into what’s going on in your mind and why you need not take any notice of it.
So what is meditation? Many people ask me that and only today an answer came into my inbox, a quote from the late enlightened master, Osho, which sums it up beautifully. Here’s what he said:
“And what is meditation? It does not mean meditating upon something; the English word is misleading. In English there is no word adequate enough to translate Buddha’s word samasati. It has been translated as meditation, as right mindfulness, as awareness, as consciousness, alertness, watchfulness, witnessing – but there is not really a single word which has the quality of samasati. Samasati means: consciousness is, but without any content. There is no thought, no desire, nothing is stirred in you. You are not contemplating about God or about great things … nature and its beauty, the Bible, the Koran, the Vedas, and their immensely significant statements. You are not contemplating! You are not concentrating on any special object either. You are not chanting a mantra, because those are all things of the mind, those are all contents of the mind. You are not doing anything! The mind is utterly empty, and you are simply there in that emptiness. A kind of presence, a pure presence, with nowhere to go – utterly relaxed into oneself, at rest, at home. That is the meaning of Buddha’s meditation.”
Just one thing to be careful of – it’s no use making an effort to empty your mind because no effort is involved. This is about non-doing, letting go of everything and simply witnessing. So if you ask how to do it, you’ve missed it! There’s a knack to it and if you want it enough, you’ll get it. Eventually…