14458Re: Headache from meditation
- Nov 2, 2005In an email we received that I'm sure was intended
to be posted here in response to Tony's post,
Robert Lake said:
Thanks, your reasoning looks to me to be spot on!
When I was a jock in school I got my best performance when
I did not 'push' mentally.
--- In email@example.com, "Tony Osime2"
>he gave you. I feel it is spot on.
> Hi Robert,
> First, let me thank Bob for the excellent suggestion
>is not to force things. I get the best results in meditation by
> One of the things about life I have learned from meditation
"not trying". The key for me is subtlety. What is incredible is that
it actually takes more "effort" to "not take effort" than it does
to force things. Let me try to explain.
>a lever and as you move your hand, the machine responds in
> Imagine you are controlling a machine. You have your hand on
proportion to your hand movement. Now, imagine that your
movements became more subtle and in response, the machine makes
larger movements. Now, imagine your responses becoming more and
more subtle and the machine's response becoming greater
and greater. This is a surprise. But the best is yet to come.
>movement possible, simply thinking about trying to move your
> Imagine that, rather than try to make the most subtle hand
hand produces the greatest movement in the machine you ever
experienced! This is a revelation!
> Now you are on a new level. You control the machine with justyour thoughts and the results are greater than you imagined possible.
Now comes the harder part.
>movement became more subtle, the machine's response also grows
> In the same way the machine's response grew as your hand
as your thoughts become more subtle! So you make your thoughts
more and more subtle until...?
>You have passed the realm of thought. It seems like there is
> Well, now you don't know if you are thinking or not thinking.
nothing to guide you. However, you can still "perceive" the machine
and when its response grows you have a "sense" that whatever you
"did" was "right".
>even get to this stage normally because so many things distract me.
> Well - this is as far as I have gone. It is hard for me to
However, I hope I have made the point. I had to reduce my "effort"
to "no effort" just to get past the first "level".
>subtlety during your meditation will have some corresponding
>I am going to make a wild guess here. The skill you develop in
benefit to you in your day to day life.
>Today, while I was at the bank waiting for the attendant to
> I can give you a personal example to illustrate this.
complete my transaction, my mind was a whirlwind of activity.
This was strange to me. Because of my meditation I
have grown used to "observing" my mind. What I did was to
simply peel off each emotion like a layer, one after another.
I noticed how each one depended on the one below to magnify its
agitation. When I got to the last one I was surprised to find
nothing there - emptiness; calm. Just like the eye of a storm.
Although the "storm" did not dissipate right away, I now
knew there was nothing really there. I could go about my day
knowing it would subside very soon and it did.
>Look forward to your response.
> I think this post is getting very long so I will stop here.
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