MIND V MEDI.
So, we dare to search the unfathomable depths of mind!
In doing so we try to find similarities in our search, such as the comparison between what you see and what I see. We can never be sure that we see the same thing, forever at odds to describe and come to some agreement over the beautiful Turquoise: is it more green than blue or more blue than green? Or Duck Egg Blue! I’m sure it’s more green than blue. Who mixed this paint anyway?
The same disagreement over our recall of events and accidents that occur in a split second where we are almost in an Einsteinian moment viewing the event from a different moment in time moving at a different speed and relying on a different perspective, or is that perception? In the mind of each witness? To see and understand must rely on preconceived images or situations previously stored in the consciousness to provide a benchmark to relate to new experiences and to form an opinion, and in that we are all so different!
What chance then to find similarities?
What chance then to compare what we see in our mind’s eye in the precious moments of meditation where nothing is in the outside world and all is within. Having dared to teach Meditation in the past, in truth I have merely acted as a signpost leading, directing and encouraging others to find their own way through the minefield of the convoluted corridors of consciousness, ensuring that students understand that no way is it a competition!
When trying to compare Meditation to Mindfulness it is therefore very much a personal matter where anything I say or any other author may interpret should be taken with a pinch of the proverbial pink Himalayan salt. A bit like following a diet which may be good for the designer, but not so good for you, eh?
However, my own interpretation of my Meditation is an almost slow motion journey from comfortable relaxation through concentration, contemplation, revelation to adoration or at-one-ment with the Divine. If you follow that example, the last phase depending very much on your own idea of knowing the Divine. The process is much the same each time, but varies a little depending on the state of the mind, the body and a vague influence from what is happening in the world at the time.
I have read several personal interpretations of Mindfulness and my own measure is of momentary conscious awareness of all that is happening both within and without, which naturally changes from moment to moment and day to day.
Again this is my personal appraisal, but which leads me on to something that has been happening for thousands of years in the annals of mankind. The race of man is and has been in a process of becoming since the beginning of time with the pendulum swinging back and forth as man changes its appreciation of mind, though avoiding consciousness per se, from country to country guided often by its predominant take on the idea of God and current religious power and influence.
The process itself has been given various names, but to me it represents the idea of the need for mankind to rise above religion and with a personal knowing of the Divine to reach out, and up if you prefer, to that Divinity which is why I feel that the notion of Ascension fits very well.
So, to me Mindfulness means Awareness, becoming aware of the moment by moment happenings both in terms of the mind and its changes, the body’s feelings and changes, the immediate locality and the happenings in the wider world, as I say, second by second. Which in this age of connection should become easier and easier so long as we focus only on what is relevant to us and on what we want and not on what we do not want.
We are all so different that comparisons one to another become irrelevant and subconsciously lead to simple comparison or at worst competition, since for starters we all have different levels of focus. Some have the broader view of the world at large, remembering faces and names, but maybe and conversely not so sure in terms of geography and direction.
Others could be like me with an intense focus on the concentrated thought at that moment in time, need to be called back to the present moment and yet have a nose to find their way in the world, remembers names of interest, but others with a real effort. If you are one of the top 5% then perhaps it all comes easily to you, then give thanks for your blessings, gifts and talents as we bless you.
However, there is no doubt in my mind that the Race of Man in total needs a reboot and an update from the worn out programs implanted in the subconscious of self preservation and to take a lesson from the growing number of volunteers in all walks of life who regularly give donations, their time, their energy and their love to help others less fortunate than themselves.
Many strong men and women who show the true compassionate side of humanity in this way are brought to tears when they see how their selfless love and compassion have given a new lease of life to others, desperate for help, having suffered for years under impossible odds.
It is said by many a master that we need to become selfish in order to bring ourselves to the right level of well-being in Mind, Body and Spirit!
I can understand it, but to me this can only be true and valid in order to help others to the best of our ability and that ability can only be enhanced to its true potential knowing the Divine, which we lovingly refer to as the Logos.
May the Lord Logos Bless us all!
With Love, Blessings and Faith in Mankind from Hanukah & the Angel