Updated: Sep 28
Rising above our thoughts is oftentimes getting underneath them. A wonderful little known book called 'The Cloud of Unknowing' by an unknown author in the 14th century gives a guide to how we can transcend our thoughts and know our true essence. The journey is one of trusting in the unknown, a familiar path for any fans of the recently late Philosopher and enlightened master J. Krishnamurti.
The Buddhists have known for a long time that secondary suffering is often caused by our thinking and when we transcend our thoughts we can tap into the peace that is already there. I don't know about you but I can still sometimes follow a line of negative thinking for a longer time than is necessary, and when I become aware of it, I can detect my my body has developed tension, and I may even experience negative emotions because of it. However it is possible to create distance between ourselves as the observer and our thoughts, so that we don't have to get entangled in them and create 'stories' which can go on to produce further stress or anxiety.
To move above or below our thoughts requires developing awareness and our consciousness. The main practice for this is meditation or mindfulness and Osho, one of the great meditation teachers of the last century, describes it as 'the first and last freedom.' I believe meditation and/or mindfulness is a requirement that we need if we want to live a fulfilling and healthy life. As much as we need the basics of food, water, shelter, fresh air to breath to be healthy & well, I really do feel we also need meditation, to help to master our minds and regulate our nervous system.
Meditation and Mindfulness for me is really the only way that we can master our own minds and perhaps even realise our true essence, which of course is to recognise that we are not our thoughts, or our ego. There has also been many scientific studies to show that meditation has a positive effect on our mind and our health and wellbeing, with improved concentration and focus, better sleep, more positive emotions, contentment and peace. So what are we waiting for! Let's get meditating.
Wishing you a peaceful rest of the weekend.
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