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.