“With release, there is the knowledge, ‘Released.’ He discerns that ‘Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.’ That Kevaddha, is called the miracle of instruction.”

Buddha(Pali Canon)

Everyone who meditates knows the distractions that are present as you begin the practice. What many seem to miss is that there is a path through that to a place where clarity of purpose and direction is available. It’s what our spirit needs as much as our body needs food. Starve the body and it dies. Starve the spirit and it withers.

That’s when we experience the stress, the rush, the lack of peace and the continual pressure of modern everyday living. Meditation is food for the soul.

Many instructors seem to focus on relaxation and mindfulness aspects that are available. Whilst there are many benefits, its true purpose is to reach awakening. This refers to experiencing the truth of existence of consciousness yourself. Not from what someone or some belief system has told you it is. That is merely another belief system to adhere to. This is merely another ego trap of distraction from the real truth.

As Buddha said:

… this is my way, each of you will find your own. There are many paths to the same place. This is but one.

Buddha spoke of traveling through a path of karma to reach a state of purity and enlightenment. Living in the world but not subject to the normal emotions of fear, lack, depression, anxiety, feeling unloved and many other forms of suffering. He instructed that purity of mind and heart is the preparation necessary to reach awakening. This is an important step that is often missed. He also counselled to incorporate meditation as the practice of focusing on one thing as the doorway to clarity. Clarity which is so important in every decision you make. Beginning your day with an hour of mediation to be clear on what direction you need to take is essential to live a life that leads somewhere rather than an ego based life full of “things” to do or acquire but with no real meaning.

His statement above reflects that release from Mara or the ego is the primary task to reach enlightenment. The question any seeker always asks is; how do I achieve that? How can I live that way experiencing the joy of life but free from the pain?

Unfortunately the answer can immediately be taken over by the ego which is always seeking a goal. Hence it can use even the very noble goal of enlightenment as its own. It will cast a veil over how to reach that state of detachment from the meaning that the ego places on everything . The ego is always seeking to distract you from finding the divine. Even in meditation you will experience the white noise and constant thinking that the ego causes. In the stillness of meditation the noise of the ego can be heard clearer than during the daily thought processes that are necessary to make it through a day.

Piercing through that veil of distraction and white noise is the task of enlightenment and awakening. Once you are through, awakening sits quietly waiting. You are then unperturbed and effortlessly involved in the world but not attached to any outcome and guided through intuition and sure in the path that must be followed. The ego of course is constantly seeking outcome. I want this, I want that. You must do this, you must do that.

Awakening to the reality of enlightenment shows the quiet light of consciousness in you watching what happens through the events in daily life but experiencing joy at the outcome, whatever it may be. Even if it is not in accordance with the ego’s plan. That joy is divinely given and waits quietly for us to join with it.

Meditation is an excellent practice to commune with the divine and to reach a state close to the divine’s. Many practice meditation but many also do not reach the correct states to achieve enlightenment. Buddha described on the night of his enlightenment to reach through the veil; takes power of concentration. Unwavering and committed  he was speaking of focus and determination being used during meditation. States that perhaps aren’t normally associated with the practice of meditation.
That’s why the Tao te Ching offers this advice.

The whole world says the Tao that I have attained is so great that It seems unreal.
Because It is indeed so great, thus It seemed unreal.
If It were real, It would have been insignificantly small.
I have Three Treasures that I hold and guard.
The first is Kindness.
The second is Simplicity.
The third is Humbleness.

These practices prepare your state prior to the practice of meditation  to reach into and truly connect with the divine nature that you are.

Meditation can be done with your eyes open if needed. The focus on the one thing brings your mind to the only time that exists. – the present moment. If you want freedom, then mastering awakening to the truth and using the right path are essential to achieve it.

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