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The Stillness of No-Thoughts

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Meditation is much like a river. It is a movement, a flow. Getting to that still and silent space within of no thoughts is like watching a river.

At first your mind is filled with thoughts and chatter, much like a river in spring run-off. You want very much for your mind to be as a still pond, but this river is loudly taking your attention away.

You must first listen to the noisy river of your thoughts in order to get to the still pond of no thoughts.

Thoughts seem to be connected to your breath. If you are breathing heavily and erratically, your thoughts most likely will match that. If you are breathing evenly, rhythmically, deeply, you tap into the under-lying current of still thoughts.

The saying "still waters run deep" is likened to the ability of finding that still pond of no thoughts within you. Today lets see if we can get you to tap into that space of no thoughts.

Breathe deeply and center yourself. Envision a teardrop of energy surrounding you. This energy will act like a barrier and shield, and enable you to view your thoughts and mind from a distance.

So, you are a teardrop coming to the edge of a river. You are going to stand at this river and simply watch it. This river is your logical mind. The part of you that takes care of the practical matters at hand, monitors everything you do, and seeks to control your world.

Listen to the thoughts of your logical mind as you watch them flow by. Keep breathing, focusing on your breath as you let these thoughts sound off.

Some thoughts try to "hook" you with their emotions. Keep breathing any way. Just smile and nod and let them flow on by. Don't try to silence or still these thoughts, let them flow on down the river. Continue visioning these thoughts outside of you in the river.

If one particular thought is louder than another and does not want to keep on flowing by, silently tell it you will pay attention to it later after this exercise. Envision a raft if you must, and firmly place this thought upon it and send it on down the river. Assure it you will talk to it later and wish it a nice float.

Focus on your breath, and breathe in deeply the energy of stillness as you continue to watch the river of your thoughts.

As you stand within your teardrop, you may begin to feel a difference in how you think and feel than what the river is thinking. There is a stillness around you that is unaffected by the noisy thoughts of the river. You hear the thoughts, but you are not swept away by them.

Keep breathing. Notice how this energy of stillness is connected to your breath. When you breathe with the intention of stilling yourself, the stillness is empowered. You may now begin to feel your heart beating and pulsing within you.

You can activate this stillness within you wherever you go. You do not have to be still in a room with a candle and soft music. You can create this inner stillness when you are working, shopping, out in public, hiking, walking. All you have to do is breathe.

As you stand beside the river of thoughts, behind you forms a still pool. It is formed from the stillness of your mind. Continue to focus on your breathing, allowing the image of the still pond to grow.

Now you are standing in-between. The space in-between. On one side is the noisy river of your logical mind. On one side is the still pool of your silent spiritual mind.

Your heartbeat is pulsing to the same beat and tone as the pool of stillness. Every time your heart beats, a ripple of Oneness moves silently through the still pond.

You now realize the pond of stillness is a mirror of your own soul Heart. You have now stepped out of logical mind, and into true Mind. Into the Heart of the matter.

As the teardrop being that you are, sit beside the pool of stillness and dip your toes into its' silent waters. Allow yourself to feel your Heart beating. Linger here as long as you like.

Continue breathing, evenly. Its okay if you are not quite "getting it" like you want to this first time. Working with these visuals will help set up triggers in your thinking that allow the still mind to come forth. Just doing this exercise has already gotten you thinking about the possibility of no-thoughts. Just keep working with it and "imagining" having no thoughts. Pretty soon you will.

When you begin to have "no-thoughts", it will seem strikingly different. It may only happen for a flash of an instant in the beginning. Then you will be so excited and your mind will scramble trying to hold onto that pure and perfect moment. Relax. You will have more. They seem to grow upon each other and spread, one drop at a time. Continue practicing.

Welcome home, and thank you for sharing.

© Myriah Krista Walker