Week Six


In the sixth stage of meditation, we come upon a cool calm lake.

The wind has died down, the rains have stopped and the surface is calm and clear. We have pacified the raging torrent of mind and emotion and we sit comfortably within every situation. We are still fully human of course, and we will still come upon winds and rains. Our surface will still ripple after the encounter of experience but it is no longer prone to wandering off.

Within the pacification process we are again filled with excitement and wonder but not of the delusional kind. We are now experiencing wonder all over again. We have become friends with our mind and the full potential of life is upon us. Every moment is met with a state of open engagement, almost free of judgments and this leaves us joyful.

The process of meditation is now beyond struggle and habit and is now one of true friendship. We sit, we walk, we intermingle with life in a fullness similar to that of a child. We are not swept up and prone to tantrum like a child but we are fully engaged. This meditative mind is now who we are. It is how we meet each moment. It has moved beyond the cushion.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

~ Saint Francis de Sales

Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “All things are possible because we are alive.”

In this stage of meditation we are now fully engaged in feeling wisdom.

We understand the depths of compassion and loving kindness and we are able to apply this even in the most trying of times. We see the ripples on the surface but we see beyond them. We are immersed in the depths of our mind.

We realize that our openness is bringing forth a state of healing that we have not yet encountered. We see the ripple but remain unmoved by it.

Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “All things are possible because we are alive.”

This is now the state we are living in. Even within illness frustration, and anger, we see beyond. These are no longer stumbling blocks but open encounters full of possibility.

The lesson of this week is short but important.

It is time to observe our reactions to encounters and see beyond. To be an open space where things can freely flow in and out without expending all that they are.

How can you move beyond an ego-centric mindset? This sadness that binds me? This anxiety that binds me? This anger that I find myself carrying around all day. Where does it benefit us? This is the time to drop what we hold on to as our foundation stone.

The pacifying of the mind means removing all that binds the mind. It is an open experience of our love and our fear.

We are moving past. We are moving on.

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