The Big Questions
- 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,
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.