Namaste

“NAMASTE” is a greeting which dates back to ancient times.  It is still widely used today as an acknowledgement of the oneness and awareness of the divine consciousness in all of us. When one speaks “Namaste” to another, they are paying tribute to the divine presence in the other which is unblemished or unaltered by the programming and conditioning of the individual through exposure to the world. They are greeting and paying tribute to the divine being that dwells within the individual.

The greeting is often accompanied by the folding of hands and a bowed head. When translated, Namaste means “I bow to you.”  It symbolizes to the recipient of the word and gesture that the speaker has a true awareness of the divine presence that exists in each and every one of us.  You may think of it as a salute or tribute to that part of you which is believed to exist beyond shape and form. Some call it your spirit, or soul; some call it consciousness.  Regardless of what you call it, Namaste is a word symbolic of one’s awareness of the divine, the grace, the unaltered perfection in each of us.

The student spoke to the teacher saying, “There are moments I am aware that I have had a hard time loving my fellow humans. I identify their behaviors as ignorant (not knowing), cruel, selfish, hurtful, etc. My lack of consciousness causes me to get pulled into their negativity and I lash out with anger or sarcastic behavior, which only feeds the negative situation. Upon reflection, I regroup, meditating on my reactions and my role in the situation, only to find myself continuing to resent them for pulling me into their drama, as if it were their fault. In the end, I search to forgive myself for my lack, returning to apologize to them for my negative reaction to their negativity.”  The teacher paused, letting the student’s words sink into the moment. The teacher then folded his hands as if to pray, bowed his head and said “Namaste. Love that which dwells beneath their programming and conditioning. Love that part of them, the divine being that sits under their working minds waiting for conscious awareness to come to the forefront of their lives. Love the divine being they are which is beyond word, mind, and form.” With folded hands and a bowed head, the student replied “Namaste.”

A simple meditation… try it out here and there when it comes to your mind, or not. Focus your attention on love. Unconditional love. Indescribable love. Then begin to think of everyone you know or have known, past or present, people whose name you know, even people whose names you do not know.
Family, friends, acquaintances, teachers; those who have been kind, those who have not, etc. Then either say in your mind, or write  down (writing can be very powerful) the words “I love you” so and so, reminding yourself you are loving the being in them that dwells there, the conscious self. You love them beyond their behaviors that have resulted from their life experiences. You love that divine part of them that has been stifled and diminished by the workings of their conditioned, programmed minds.  Be sure to include “I love MYSELF.”

Namaste.  It’s a new day, your day.

Time

Time often refers to the length or duration of a happening. A man made system of calculations, which allows us to measure the length or period in which something has, is, or will be going on. Some say that time is a funny thing. We believe we share time, save time, are given time, donate time, look for time, cherish time, focus on time, wish for time, sell time, or even buy time, etc. People say things such as “time is fleeting, there’s not enough, it never seems to be the right time.” For our intent and purposes, time’s origin, concept and its use is something to be observed.

The student sat with the teacher and said, “I understand that time is a mind made concept that humans created in order for us to structure our societies around. I know, science uses the concept to define the length of perceived existence in some sort of measurable terms, which of course only points to this reality because it is said to be impossible for humans to comprehend eternity. I am aware the very calendar we use to structure our system of timekeeping is based on the rotation of earth around the sun flying through this galaxy at an incredible speed. Our months, weeks, and days are based on the recurring course of the sun and the moon. Therefore, depending on what planet you live on and what sun you spin around the possible calendar scenarios is as infinite as the galaxy itself. Finally, I am aware that many theologians, scientists and mystics alike often share the opinion that time does not exist.” The teacher sat back in their chair and with a smile, looked at the student and said, “Yes.”

Meditate with time, when it comes to your mind here and there, meditate on time, or not.  Here’s one, even fun for some, it includes some brain training. Look at clock, bring the current time to your awareness (tell yourself what time it is). As with other meditations if a thought or fantasy comes to your mind observe it and return your focus to your observations of what time it is. Think to yourself what time it would be two hours from the moment. See if with practice or instantly, if your mind reminds you of the time two hours later. You could try practicing when you go to bed. Look at the time, tell yourself what time you want to wake up and see what happens. Either set your alarm after the wake time as back up or tell yourself to wake ten minutes before the alarm. See what happens, maybe nothing, maybe you learn something about your conscious self and even help it to move forward in your life. It’s a new day. Your day!

Let’s Meditate

Let’s meditate. For our purposes we will define meditation as the practice of focusing our minds and attention on an object, a situation, or any point of focus of our choosing (See mediation at wakingupwithpatrick.com).  For example: count your breaths from 1 to 4 while you observe the thought stream with focused attention on your breaths. When a thought comes to mind, acknowledge the thought and then return your focus to counting your breaths (it may take practice, it may not. You can do it). If a mental movie or fantasy begins, as soon as you realize you have been pulled in, return your attention to counting your breaths. The notion is to practice meditation here and there, throughout your day which will allow conscious present awareness to come to the forefront of your life. The state of presence can be constant. Meditation leads the way to be present all day. Practice meditations here and there all day until you don’t have to anymore.

You can come up with your own objects of meditation, you can keep it simple, make it fun, or make it complicated if you want to challenge yourself – Enjoy. Here’s a couple examples:  listen to the sound of water running, take a moment and bring your attention to the sound, use it as a momentary meditation if you will, then go back to what you were doing. Look at the sun, the clouds, the rain, or the stars bring your attention to what’s going on, bring your attention to what you have chosen to focus on. Observe the thoughts that arise and then return your focus, it is that simple. Be aware you’re not really thinking the thoughts they are just coming.

Here is a favorite meditation:  sitting, lying, or standing doesn’t matter, bring your attention to the pull of gravity on the different parts of your body. You may start at your feet, feel the weight of your feet, feel them pressing down on the surface they are pressing upon. Bring your attention up to your legs, your hips…  Feel the weight of your hands and arms, feel the pull of gravity as they are pulled down. Continue to move your attention up your torso, to your shoulders, to your neck, and your head. When thoughts come, observe, and then return to the meditation.

You can gauge your level of progress by the ease or difficulty of your meditations. For instance, the counting meditation for some is extremely difficult or even impossible (in the beginning), yet can be very telling of how much your mind has a hold of you. The counting meditation:  count in your head from 1 to 100. If your mind interrupts, return to the number you were on as soon as you realize it. If you forget the number, begin again from one; try to get to 100, then maybe 500, or even 1,000.

There is a multitude of things you can use as the focus of your meditations: the laughter of a child, the feeling of the warmth of the sun, the sensation of holding an object in your hand, the sounds of nature… As you continue, you’ll find other opportunities that may intrigue you, like focusing on the silence under all of the sounds or even bringing your awareness to the part of you that is doing the meditation. Aware of that part of you that is waking up and separating from the stream of thought.

Remember to observe with awareness of any judgements you make about yourself or the thoughts you observe. As your studies deepen you can meditate on the very thoughts that rise during your observations. Your point of observation is non-judgmental, filled with peace, love and joy. Observing yourself as innocent and unblemished by the conditioning of your mind.

It’s a new day, your day.

Truth

Truth:  something that is undeniable when observed from unquestionable fact or, as referred to in meditation, truth often points to indisputable reality. Many students believe that truth is unquestionable. For instance, all things born into creation are subjected to the same rules of beginning and end, at least in the material form. Truth may also refer to statements or situations, as in the truth of the matter.

Often when one hears the truth, they do not respond, they merely digest the knowledge or fact. For the purpose of our studies, from a state of meditation, (conscious observation) we digest some simple truths as unquestionable facts based on what is known to be true. “We are.” “This is.” (See more on this topic at wakingupwithpatrick.com:  Awareness.) Frequently when a truth is spoken it settles in like an epiphany; an “oh yes” moment. As if it is some life changing bit of information we have been waiting to hear our whole lives and, when applied to our journey, changes our understanding of what we once considered true.

As your level of consciousness deepens you find those things that cause you to question, are doing so because they are not true. In our studies we rarely question undeniable truths. It is a truth that the majority of us are driven by a thought stream, which pushes us and leads us in all sorts of directions and that stream of thought is often beyond our control. The fact is that if you could stop it, you would. Another truth is that you are not the stream of thought, it is a mental function of your mind. It is not truly you. You are something else.

A meditation:  try it out, here and there, when it comes to your mind, or not. Take some moments, observe your thoughts and bring to mind some beliefs, knowledge, viewpoints, etc. that you have on any particular subject. Take a moment to look at the truth behind your mindset on that which you are observing. Look for yourself for the truth behind it, is it unquestionable or factual? Be aware that if your mind creates a conflict with the thoughts, your position is to observe. Most truths are undeniable. It is a new day, your day!

Fit

Fit, defined as an adjective, means that something is suitable of the same required quality, to go along with something that is already happening or in existence. It also may refer to one’s physical or mental condition, or when one thing, thought, behavior, group pf people, etc., coincides well with something else or each other. For the purpose of our meditation practices, we acknowledge that the result of our practice (present conscious awareness) fits everything we do.

Meditation is the practice that leads humans to levels of conscious awareness, which improves the quality of their lives, as well as, the condition of the planet through their behaviors. Meditation practices do not conflict with anyone’s belief system, political or nonpolitical stance, feelings about themselves or others, the world, etc. Meditation fits your theology (see theology – wakingupwithpatrick.com). The practice does not call on you to change what you believe, what you do, who you associate with, what flag you wave, or what religion you follow. Meditation practices fit everyone and everything you currently believe and do. The resulting state of present moment conscious awareness improves the quality of your life and brings a deeper level of joy and love to everything you do. Meditation fits.

Meditation is not about taking on more, it’s mainly about letting go. It reduces the amount of intrusive, often negative, workings of your mind that interfere with your life. You become relaxed, confident, patient, loving, less stressed, rarely bored, etc. Regardless of what you do or believe, meditation and you are a good fit!

A meditation:  So we know the practice fits so let’s “fit” it in. When it comes to your mind, here and there, throughout your day, or not, try some meditations. Focus your awareness on something while you observe the thoughts going through your mind, acknowledge the thought and then return to your point of focus. If the mind leads you into a mental movie or fantasy, as soon as you realize you’ve been pulled in, returned to your point of focus. As you do, observe whether the practice conflicts with any of your current ways of thinking, it should not. Meditation fits your life.

It’s a new day. Your day…

Awareness

Awareness:  The perception, knowledge, or understanding of a happening, situation, or tangible object. Aware understanding, for our purposes, is a thoughtful, nonjudgmental, tolerant, and even sympatric observation of ourselves, the individual or a humanity based situation, etc. Aware knowledge, when applied to meditation practices, is the ultimate and undeniable knowing of the unquestionable truth of all existence, “We are, this is…” Aware perception, is an awareness of people, places, and things through our senses, emotions or notion. Which includes an aware state from presence and of our own divinity.

The teacher tells the student, “I am aware that I am attempting to bring to verse that which is beyond word. I am trying to point you to the state of conscious present awareness, that which is beyond description, that which must be felt, experienced, and tasted to be known.”

Awareness includes bringing to the conscious mind everything we observe externally as well as what we observe going on in our minds. The simple act of thought or tangible objects, situations, emotions, etc. brings them to a certain level of consciousness. Similar to bringing something out of darkness and into the light. The student and the teacher often find that as their observations move forward in their minds, cognizant of any additional thoughts they add to the observations, things change. That’s one of the things meditation does. When practicing meditation you observe thought, (bring thought to your awareness) while doing so you abide by the rules, aware of any positive or negative responses you add to your observation. Then allow the thought to pass like wind on the sand, conscious of its existence yet unaffected by its effects, consciously aware, yet untouched.

Awareness is included in our meditation practices as part of waking up. For some, it may in fact be the key essential part of their journey towards conscious presence. For the purpose of our current studies we use awareness to separate from much of the conditioning going on in our minds. Often times the student and the teacher bring their awareness to the fundamental facts of our existence. We are a lifeform evolving on this planet with a multitude of other lifeforms, including those of the past and present, spinning around this ball we call earth, rotating around a star we call the sun flying through a galaxy at high speed, flying through a galaxy which is one of many in a universe beyond human comprehension. We are aware we are a part of this natural unfolding of all that is.

A simple meditation, an awareness presentation, try it here and there, when it comes to your mind, or not. Aware that you have a choice. Take some moments and say in your mind everything that you are aware of as it unfolds in the moment:  the sounds, the level of light, the space you are in, the sensations in your body, the thoughts in your mind, etc. Bring your awareness to your reaction to these observations; with practice you could do this well. With practice, this could assist you in separating yourself from the workings of your mind. As an advanced mediation you could bring your attention to the silence and the stillness underneath of everything going on around you and even the stillness under the stream of thought.

It’s a new day. Your day.

Equality

Equality. We think of equal as being the same value, quality and size. Identical in number or volume, alike in measurement, nature, etc… Equality among peoples is perceived by many to be an unobtainable goal that we continue to strive for. We often separate our fellow humans as being of different disposition, political affiliation, economic status, religious belief, gender, race, educational background, etc. Perhaps human equality begins with us, the individual.

We are one race. The human race. Some believe and understand that we are all created equal; others disagree with our shared equality. Despite the efforts of some, too many prefer to separate us from each other by creating mind made rules and expectations that separate us. Some believe that as the consciousness of the people of earth evolves, equality will be among one of our greatest human achievements. Our status as humans in our current hierarchy, culture, political, and societal situations does not achieve equality. When we include observations of equality in our meditation practices, the oneness we share is clearly evident. Many will tell you that from an observation of creation, peace, love, truth and existence we are the same. We are each other. Separate, yet one. Divided, yet subject to the same laws of creation. We are equal when it relates to emotional responses, to the human experience, not equal by circumstance, gender, country, education etc., but equal emotionally. Joy is joy, fear is fear, love is love. Equal to the inevitable unfolding of all that is. Equal in the fact we all share in the cycle of life and death. As these realities and truths settle in, as we come to value each other as we do ourselves, equality will come to us all. Society may keep us separate at birth, death brings us all together equally.

A simple meditation, try it out, here and there, when it come to your mind, or not. Observe how you judge your fellow humans by a place of equality. You are well aware of your differences from the point of view created by your mind from a place regarding gender, race, religion, social status, profession, creed, etc. then take a moment and observe the person from a place of truth, a place aware of the knowledge of the cycle of life and death, a place of conscious awareness of love. There is a difference. It’s a new day, your day.