14 Jul Other Than the Mind, Other Than the Body – July 15 2020
The moment I go deep into my consciousness, my capacity to break the bonds with the past expands. I learn to break the fetters one by one, when I go deeper and deeper into the core of my consciousness. I begin to understand I am not just a conditioned human being with a physical body but perhaps a little more than that.
One of the great gifts of meditation is the twice-daily experience of knowing ourselves as something other than the mind and other than the body.
We sit in meditation and transcend all the small self ideas of what we are. We dive into the place that is beyond the level of thought and we begin to know ourselves as the transcendent itself. As unboundedness. We begin to loosen our grip on the many limiting ideas of self we generally live with:
I am a man, a woman, an American, an Indian, straight, gay, fat, thin, old, young, smart, dumb, successful, a failure, etc. We begin to be able to see ourselves as a process, rather than as a product; as a context, rather than the content. We begin to experience freedom.
In what way freedom?
Each identity or idea of self we hold onto is a positionality. By insisting we are this thing, this idea, we put ourselves in opposition to some other idea. Opposition takes us away from love, away from unity. It puts us into competition: with ourselves, our history, with others, with nature itself. When we let go of these oppositions, we are able to see what is, rather than how things are not matching our expectations. We are able to find acceptance of the moment, of the people in our life, of ourselves. We become able to see the perfection of each moment, rather than moving from problem to problem to problem.
We become able to find in our movement through each day the bliss of life that is our birthright.
The end of suffering is available now. The door is open. All we need do is step through.
Today I will step back from thoughts and feelings to ask who am I? I will ask for help from Higher Self to free myself from the old, limiting ideas of what I am. I will trust that it is as safe to let go of these ideas outside of meditation as it is within meditation.