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The Big Questions

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  • Jeff Belyea
    The Big Questions Was there a time in your life when you carried around a big question , or maybe several big questions, that you thought were unanswerable?
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2005
      The Big Questions

      Was there a time in your life
      when you carried around a
      "big question", or maybe several
      big questions, that you thought
      were unanswerable? Were they
      questions like, "Who am I…
      What is my purpose in life…
      Why am I here…What about death;
      questions like that?

      In the Mystic Heart Meditation,
      we enter quiet awareness, in
      which we stop and consciously
      become "present", look around
      our immediate environment while
      just being there; without any
      narrative or internal dialogue
      for a moment or so. Then to
      maintain the silence of quiet
      awareness a little longer,
      we overlay quiet awareness
      with breath awareness, simply
      noticing when we are inhaling
      and when we are exhaling.
      And then we listen intently
      for what we call, "the wisdom whisper".
      We listen for an exquisitely subtle
      whisper, maintaining a inner silence
      so that we will not miss it.
      Some use the mantra, "Q'Baha"
      (Quiet Awareness, Breath Awareness,
      Heart Awareness).

      This wisdom whisper comes from a
      "place" deep inside of us, the
      center of our being, the heart,
      the seat of kindness, caring,
      love and compassion…and wisdom.
      It rides the breath, as a
      whisper-quiet messenger, carrying
      a wisdom beyond anything we can
      think or imagine.

      The wisdom whisper comes without
      words as we know them, yet, it
      comes as a flash, like a light
      switch of understanding that
      startles us with sudden wisdom
      -- a new way of seeing, feeling,
      knowing…life. This "knowing",
      this sudden and startling new
      "knowledge" informs us of things
      that seemed before to be unanswerable.
      The big questions are answered,
      or they fade away as ridiculously
      unimportant, in the light of our
      new understanding of who we are
      and what our purpose in life is
      meant to be.

      Being especially careful not to
      "prescribe" any behavior, attitude
      or lifestyle, it seems important
      to note that those who are the
      most successful in achieving
      an inner peace and other benefits
      of meditation (and there are many;
      some beyond words) have begun or
      soon adopted a "holistic" approach
      to life in tandem with their
      meditation practice. Diets change
      (often to primarily vegetarian),
      and a new sensitivity to other
      people, a new tolerance for
      differences in dominant personality
      styles for instance, and a new loving
      awareness and gratitude for the simple
      pleasures of life emerges. Among other
      things, a new sense of well-being or
      even the adoption of an exercise regimen
      may become part of the new meditator's
      life. The point here is simply that
      meditation as an isolated "activity" (
      or non-activity) may either not bear
      much fruit or it will lead the
      practitioner to a sometimes unexpected
      change in lifestyle. It's all good.

      All is well.

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