Tag Archives: Reflection

Meditation

Sometimes we meditate in order to stop our thoughts or make them go away, but this defeats the purpose of mediation. When we are attached to the outcome of our mediation it takes us out of the present moment because we are caught up in the desired result. When we mediate as empty awareness, we are truly receptive to the fruits of our practice.

Notice that the sense ” I am meditating” is seen by deeper impersonal awareness. That is what you really are. If you really want to be free of your matador mind, stay as the spectator, instead of chasing the red rag of changeful thoughts.

We can become attached to certain thoughts and feelings by giving them attention out of habit. When this happens, we turn a thought the size of a screen pixel into a full-blown blockbuster movie, giving it unnecessary significance. Instead, we can watch it from the sidelines, without identifying with it, and the drama will soon be over.

The easiest way to do this is to focus on ‘I am’, the intuitive sense of existence.  It is not, however, any tangible quality that your mind can create. The “I am” is an empty presence that observes all of the play of life.

Anything you perceive is an object of your perception, therefore you cannot truly be it because it comes and goes. As you confirm this over and over again, you stabilise in your inherent position as the witness. Slowly the habit of identifying with your thoughts fades away and you stabilise as Conscious Presence.

Now we can mediate on the question, “What is aware of the sense of ‘I Am’?”

This the formless, eternal, uncreated Being that you are. It goes by many names but it’s essence is nameless. You are That. Discover this now and put an end to all fears, desires and tribulations of the mind.

You are the Timeless, admit it.

Presence in Rock Climbing

The chronicles in this section relate to the 5 years I spent living, in various abodes, across the mountains of western Canada, whereby I travelled annually down the coast of the United States, through the deserts of Nevada into Utah. One time, I went as far as north Mexico.

Braving armed U.S border patrol, ice climbing in hypothermic conditions, exploring the mind expansion of Burning Man and tip toeing up blank walls of granite rock 1000ft high (to name a few) offered a lot of room for essential life experience and plenty of time for meditation on it’s effects.

This is how this blog came into being in the first place.

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The title ‘Presence in Rock Climbing’ came about because I saw that not only does rock climbing offer an intense course in mind control but in those crucial moments, aboard towering heights, the mind is rendered useless and all thoughts evaporate, leaving one in complete Presence.

 This is the ‘amazing feeling’ everyone goes on about and while climbing is an incredible human expression, it is actually the absence of thought (ego) that is so liberating.

It was and still is a very special part of my life and expression as is the timeless connections I made along the way.

This section honours that and offers me a chance to share it with you, which makes me very happy.