This blog is mostly about profound still-mind meditation and its outcomes

Profound meditation allows us to see our mind objectively.

When there is awareness of the mind, the “me” behaves better, because the quiet self sees the mind’s pains and pleasures objectively. Most of the fuss in life comes from a total investment in the likes and dislikes of “me”, and we see life constantly in terms of Me…. ME – and you; ME – and the rest of the world; ME – and my friends; ME – and the people who don’t like me; ME – and my ego

It sets itself at the centre of all, and even giving itself a second person in there somewhere, called “my ego”. But the I/Me is the ego! There is no “me + my ego”… The ego is not something we have, it is what the personal self actually is.

That sense of self changes – a little at first, then a lot, as awareness grows. There is an awareness that the I-ego is not really the centre of anything… and one’s life plays out without the dramas of the “me” holding its ground against every other “me”.

As persons, we become more robust to the ups and downs of life, more tolerant of others, and much much easier with our own life and how the world is. And yes, a quiet awareness notices that, too.

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Resilience training is a perfect companion to meditation. It gets us to examine our habitual thinking patterns, and to become flexible in our range of responses to everyday ups and downs. It actively calms us down.

An example that recently occurred to me (grrr!) was when someone with a poor understanding felt entitled to visit veiled and not so subtle derogatory imputations about my relationship with my guru on to me. What to do in such a situation?

Well, if I ever had only one choice for changing my life, it would certainly be meditation. Meditation observes it all! But in the moment of responding to another person, the processes of resilience are purposeful. For instance, who made any rule that the other one shouldn’t be like that? Or that Mataji should always have clear and fluid communications with other persons?

Whereas earlier in life I might have reacted with anger, now there was a response formed by understanding the thought processes that lead to anger and conflict, and the means to avoid it.

Not buying into annoyance and argument is a cognitive skill, which can be learnt. And non-thinking – the surprising stillness of meditation – enables the deeper experience of connectedness that is bigger than personalities. The overall experience is peace and love – there is a oneness about the action and the actors.