Try this, take your thumb and the pointer finger of your left hand (intellectual mind) and link it like a chain to the thumb and pointer finger of your right hand (emotional mind). Now with a soft and wide gaze, look at the mid-point of the link. As you do this, you'll see the bigger picture, that within this merge a figure 8 symbol emerges or sign of infinity.
Eternity rests on the tips of your fingers.
So, it is this linkage and this lineage of universal consciousness that is your wise mind. The eye of peace, calm, and clarity or third eye. The fine point of light between enlightenment (intellect) and wisdom (emotion).
This Month's Meditation Focus: Observation
To observe is to look at a situation without getting drawn into it. It is refining the ability to feel without judgment and be a witness of action while noticing everything. This includes what you sense as well; what you see, hear, smell, feel, taste. Developing the skill of observation it is to have a complete immersion of experience without opinion, judgment, or criticism. The purity of observation is to take in information without stopping the flow of experience, the key element being non-judgment.
Observing is to take in information without stopping the flow of experience. So, when I think about the qualities of observing, I see a through line of action and energy. We know, pure observation is to witness without judgement which naturally leads to the freedom of non-attachment and finally rests peacefully within acceptance.
Observation is the foundational skill or seed of acceptance. It's very powerful. Think about it, it offers a chance to not change or fix anything or anyone. To be completely present and aware in the moment of now, immersed in the totality of what is--what is actual. This simple act releases a freedom natural to our being and leaves a trail of something clean and pure... The after taste is sweet and just.
Nothing is rejected - Everything is included.
So, when you practice the true form of observation what you're really practicing is acceptance. The acceptance of what is. You begin to craft the refinement of truth in the reality of NOW.
Now, take this moment for yourself.
Take in the information without stopping the flow of experience.
- Take a few raisins or carrots (anything you like) and begin to observe it for 5 mins. Set a timer and fully experience your time with your object of choice. Take in all the information- how it looks, feels, smells, tastes, what sounds does it make, can it make..?
- Notice what kinds of thoughts and feelings come up.
- Notice if any judgments, opinions, or criticisms enter your mind and experience.
Have fun with it!