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17274Re: 108 – An Easy Hard Meditation Technique

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Jun 7, 2010
      Yo Eve,
      How good and pleasant to hear/read from you!
      It seems like old time month as I've recently
      heard from several others who were at our classes.
      Let's catch up. My email is:
      I have a Facebook site but virtually never look at
      it and don't really know what to do with it. I think
      it's great that you are meditating again, but I doubt
      that you ever really stopped. Practicing a
      specific method in a defined and regular way doesn't
      really define a meditation practice. Virtually
      anything you do with your attention in the present
      probably more accurately demonstrates a meditative
      mode. And Mother/Fatherhood and its almost neverending
      necessity of being aware in the "Now" is potentially
      one of the very best techniques for spititual/meditative
      evolution. And with the years of prep work you put
      in, I'm sure your meditative attitude is flowing very
      freely and effectively (brought peace) for your family
      and for you and everyone who you've been dealing with.
      Hope to hear/read from you soon!
      Peace and blessings,
      eveneon <no_reply@...> wrote:
      > Hi Bob! I have recently started to meditate again after a several year break while I've been settling into motherhood, and this is the technique that I chose to start with. Meditation used to come fairly easily for me. Now, not so much. The 108 technique was like an old friend. I was grateful to have remembered it, to help me begin my practice again.
      > Warmly,
      > Eve Hoyt
      > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@> wrote:
      > >
      > > At the request of a former student at several
      > > series of our classes, we are posting this
      > > unique technique. It can also be found on our web site.
      > > Enjoy!
      > >
      > > 108 – An Easy Hard Meditation Technique
      > >
      > > Anything in life that brings you closer to inner
      > > peace can be said to be "good". Anything that
      > > takes your peace away is "bad". Of course, it is
      > > a given that anything that only brings you
      > > momentary peace, like drugs, is not "good".
      > > To really qualify, the peace must be everlasting.
      > > Very often, good, and thus peace, doesn't come
      > > easily. For instance, politically and historically,
      > > it has often taken a war to bring about a lasting
      > > peace between enemies. An example of this can be
      > > found in the relationships between America, Japan,
      > > Russia, and Germany. Deadly enemies during World
      > > War II, and now close partners involved in mutual
      > > progress and at peace.
      > >
      > > Within ourselves there is a similar inner world
      > > war-like interaction going on between the mind,
      > > body, and emotions that prevents us from knowing
      > > real peace. As the events in our life take place,
      > > we react mentally, physically, and emotionally,
      > > sometimes more one way and at other times more
      > > in another. This slave-like reactivity makes our
      > > life seem out of control, bouncing back and forth
      > > between joy and sorrow, and without lasting peace.
      > > This anxiety and conflict filled state can be
      > > witnessed by an inner awareness that is our Real
      > > Self. This Witness to our life has always been
      > > there/here, silent, non-labeling, non-commenting,
      > > non-judging, and is present now. As you are reading
      > > these words, your Witness is aware of your mind's
      > > mentations, your body's sensations, and your
      > > emotion's feelings. If your inner chattering stops
      > > rambling on, you can sit back in your mind's eye
      > > and Witness your body/ego's reactions. It is at a
      > > moment when this occurs that what has been called
      > > your higher intuitive center kicks in and you will
      > > know, with a gut feeling, just what to do. You will
      > > then be able to witness your mind, body, and emotions
      > > act, and either cease the reactivity that has taken
      > > away your peace, or start to do that which will
      > > bring about peace in your life. For instance, you
      > > may have been banging your head against the wall for
      > > years, even though this caused you to suffer terribly.
      > > Your friends may have told you countless times that
      > > your life would be more peaceful if you would just
      > > stop doing this foolish activity. But, you never
      > > listened, or perhaps justified it as worth continuing
      > > with for some silly and illogical reason such as that
      > > it felt so good when you stopped. Witness yourself
      > > now. Did you just see yourself laugh, or react in a
      > > "Yep! That's me!" embarrassment? Did your mind get
      > > angry and defensive and deny that this concept could
      > > not apply to you? Are you witnessing now? And now?
      > >
      > > Just as it is unlikely that you would continue to
      > > keep banging your head against the wall once you
      > > really recognized that you were doing it, once you
      > > witness yourself reacting to life's events inappropriately
      > > (in a way that steals your peace away from you), you
      > > will stop doing it and thus allow peace to fill and
      > > stay with you. The 108 Meditation technique is one
      > > of the best at letting you witness your mind's activity.
      > >
      > > Relax yourself in the way you have found best
      > > prepares you for meditating. Focus your attention
      > > on your breath. Observe and feel air come into the
      > > body, stay, and leave the body. Silently say "One".
      > > Do it again and say "two". On and on up to 108. This
      > > seems to be very easy to do, but don't be surprised,
      > > when you first try this inner exercise, if you can't
      > > concentrate well enough to get all the way up to
      > > 108 without being distracted by your thoughts,
      > > physical sensations, or emotions. Your mind has
      > > been your master and you have been it's slave your
      > > whole life, and it's not going to let you be in charge
      > > without giving you a very hard battle for control.
      > > Your mind has caused you to fritter away your most
      > > of your life rehashing the past and fantasizing about
      > > the future and will rebel if you try to live and
      > > control your life as it takes place.
      > >
      > > Your breath always occurs in the present moment.
      > > Thus, if you are paying attention to your breath,
      > > you have the potential of experiencing reality, for
      > > it too can only occur now, in the present. Inner
      > > peace is not something for the past or the future.
      > > It is available and present now. We just must stop
      > > being distracted from it. When we do this technique,
      > > and we watch our mind take us away from the object
      > > of our meditation, our breath, we must not scold
      > > ourselves. If we see that we are concentrating very
      > > well, we must not get too overjoyed. Both extremes
      > > are distractions. What is especially wonderful about
      > > this technique is that you can become aware of what
      > > causes your distraction as well as what happens as
      > > a result of your distraction. For instance, you may
      > > find that if you try to do this with your eyes open,
      > > something may catch your eye and you will start
      > > thinking about it. But, this is not necessarily
      > > "bad" because you may then have learned that it is
      > > easier to do this technique with your eyes shut and
      > > that this does bring more peace into your life. So,
      > > in a way, you may gain greater insight from "failing"
      > > at maintaining your concentration than from
      > > paying attention.
      > >
      > > Another benefit that this method gives us is that
      > > we can gauge our progress over time. For instance,
      > > when you first try it, you may only get up to the
      > > number 12 before your mind's chattering, or your
      > > body's twitching, or your emotion's swings distract
      > > you. Then, perhaps a week later, you may find that
      > > you are able to maintain your attention up to 48.
      > > A 400% improvement!
      > >
      > > Eventually, you will be able to silently witness
      > > your mind obediently accomplishing the task you
      > > have assigned it and you will get to 108 successfully.
      > > It will be then that you can be considered the
      > > master, and your mind, body, and emotions, the slaves.
      > > They then can be used as valuable tools that will
      > > help you attain the consistent inner peace that
      > > you have been seeking. Easily!
      > >
      > > Perhaps the greatest asset this technique offers
      > > is that you will become more and more aware of,
      > > and start identifying with, the Witness within –
      > > the pure, blissful, serene consciousness that is
      > > your Real Self. You will then need no tools,
      > > techniques, or concepts, and will live happily ever after.
      > >
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