This article explores the topic of meditation and introduces The Real Jim Carrey (scroll down and click on the video to see what I mean).
Meditation is part three of a self-planned healing program that I began experimenting with a few weeks ago to support healing from a disease called rheumatoid arthritis. To read part one on Ayurvedic medicine, click here. To read part two on energy work, click here.
Over the years, a body of research has developed to support the benefits derived from meditation. A google search uncovered information from Wikipedia that discusses the following benefits;
- stress and pain reduction
- promotes inner well-being
- increases brain grey matter
- slows down brain deterioration due to ageing
A New York Times article mentions a study that shows a reduction in blood pressure for patients with coronary artery disease.
The benefits sound impressive, but what exactly is meditation?
is a systematic technique for taking hold of and concentrating to the utmost degree our latent mental power. It consists in training the mind, especially attention and will, so that we can set forth from the surface level of consciousness and journey into the very depths.
What is the “surface level of consciousness”? Easwaran says it is in thinking we are the mind/body. We identify our selves with the endless stream of thoughts that create worry about the past, worry about the future, conflicts, judgements, preferences, drama and everything else the mind does. We think we are our thoughts and we think we are the body.
According to the enlightened individuals on the planet, we are not. In fact, both Easwaran and Eckhart Tolle say, incessant thinking depletes our vital (life) energy. In his book, The Power of Now, Tolle states the mind is the source of misery, unhappiness and disease.
I remember when my mind was so filled with incessant thoughts that I couldn’t even hear or relate to what people were telling me.
One time, I was in a store with my son who was about five years old at the time. My son chattered away while we browsed the shelves. A sales person stood nearby. My son asked a question. I responded. This happened again and again, all the while my son became more unruly. I got angry with him. The sales person piped in and said to me, “You’re not listening to him.” A stunned me, stopped the incessant thinking and listened to my son.
Why would one want to “journey into the very depths” of consciousness? The answer, only those who have been there would know. Easwaran says,
Meditation dehypnotizes us and frees us from all dependencies and illusions.
In the introduction chapter of, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle describes a feeling of deep peace, bliss and sacredness in a timeless and deathless realm. Tolle’s journey into the very depths of consciousness followed intense suffering from a life of anxiety and depression.
Jim Carrey is a huge fan of Eckhart Tolle. Mr. Carrey gave a talk at the 2009 Global Alliance For Transformational Entertainment. This four-minute excerpt titled, The Real Jim Carrey is phenomenal. It brought tears to my eyes. I want to share it with you now.
In meditation, we discover the nature of our true selves. We sit in stillness to discover that while we do have a body and mind, we are much, much more than this. We see and feel our very essence. We see and feel our own presence. We see and feel that we are One with everything. Seven billion human bodies, all the animals, vegetation, soil, rocks and gases, stars and planets all being the One eternal Life. We are Life Itself having an experience in a body/mind. Each one of us is the One and the same LIFE. Does this sound precious to you too? I know it does to me.
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