The following is an introduction to get-real-meditation, for those prepared to face things as they are, including themselves.
Being able to do something is always easier when we know what it is that we are trying to do.
If we do not know what it is we are trying to do, then we are unlikely to be able to do it.
It is also helpful to know what it is that we are not trying to do, for contrast clarifies.
Meditation is not relaxation.
Meditation is not empty headedness.
Meditation is not indulgence of pleasant imaginings and feel-good emotions.
Meditation is not an escape from reality – in fact it is just the opposite.
Meditation is not an activity of thought.
Meditation is an activity of consciousness – not of thought, but of that part of our self that is aware of thought.
Meditation is consciousness exercising and intensifying itself.
As awareness is the first attribute of consciousness, meditation begins with exercising awareness of our surroundings and of our own existence.
We begin by centring our self in the head and by being aware of our surroundings.
We hold our self steady in the head, being aware of all sensory income.
We maintain gentle awareness of our whole field of vision, of all sounds, of all sensations, and of being aware of our self as the awareness, aware of our self the observer.
We can practice this in seated poise, then later we can practice when standing, then when walking and when doing simple tasks.
Practice, and in a little while your awareness of self and surroundings will become more stable and intense. You will begin to feel the strong presence of your own existence in your head.
Play with it; practice it; strengthen it.
This is only the beginning.
From this foundation of increased awareness much is possible.
For this place within the head, the place of our presence and awareness, is our consciousness, is part of our soul, and is the driver’s seat of our entire being.