I’m fascinated by meditation, keeping calm, in the moment, mindfulness. It takes practice and practice. I admire those who know, who know how. So this evening, I am so pleased to introduce my first guest writer – my long time friend, Ali Jassat. Musician, businessman, and wordsmith, writing today about Meditation. I enjoy reading Ali’s words and hope you like this piece too. Thanks so much for agreeing to write Ali, and hope this is not the first and last!
You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind till it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don’t get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper into it.
“Drunk without wine; sated without food; distraught; foodless and sleepless; a king beneath a humble cloak; a treasure within a ruin; not of air and earth; not of fire and water; a sea without bounds. He has a hundred moons and skies and suns. He is wise through universal truths not a scholar from a book.” The Sufis.
I have been interested in meditation for as long as I can remember. My practice, although more off than on, has not deterred my avid desire to read as much as I can on the subject, listen to every discourse, and marvel at the experiences of the devout seeker, enlightened and ecstatic, through a perfect practice. Understanding the commonality of everything. Willing surrender of self to the Divine.
I am inspired by the still aspect of a chair, the fragrance of a rose, a quietly beating heart, the unseen energy coursing through my body, the wind rushing through tall trees, sunsets, moon rises….. simply enjoying the gift of being alive…..revelling in the magic. Portals abound to take you deeper and deeper. Pick up the thread.
Once, or was it twice? I stumbled upon this place of deep rest, thoughtless pure awareness, and bliss. Alas only briefly.
The benefits of meditation and the education to train minds, overwrought by the whirlwind of ceaseless thought, has become a global phenomenon. Lessons by experienced teachers are many, and include the repetition of mantras, words empowered by a divine life force, designed to imbue peace and tranquility upon rehearsal. Concentration on the sounds around you. Observing the simple act of breathing, in and out, being aware, as the abdomen rises and falls. I have learnt of mantras that only need to be uttered once, before ascension begins and the whirl of thoughts cease. Dynamic meditations that include rapid breathing, random gestures, incoherent utterances, finally music, and eventually an unrivalled peacefulness.
For me, the simple act of observing the movement of breath, in and out of your body, witnessing the rise and fall of thought and emotion, receeding……returning, is convenient, and can easily be performed anywhere. In a traffic jam, waiting at the bus stop, in a queue, walking, working out, whenever the mind is not concentrating on a given task. Even then though, deep breathing is recommended.
Bringing this chatterbox of a monkey mind home requires a gentleness of release, a recapture through the sweet temptation of silence…..again and again, until it learns to return to that still place of its own accord. The mind is a wonderful tool, when properly utilised. In its natural state, the unfettered mind flowers into the creativity of genius, boundless energy, ecstatic in understanding, boundless…… Everything becomes possible.
Yes! Even molecular travel.
Forget the discomfiture of economy airline fare restraints. I’m of to Pluto for the weekend. See you Monday. Be gentle with yourself. Beam me up will ya!
I’m ending Ali’s meditation article with a piece of music I found by Tina Turner. I did not know …
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This blog written by Ali Jassat for Cecilyswritings and posted in July 2018 by CecilyLalloo 2018.
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