Be a witness, an observer. Watch. Notice. Be aware.
When you meditate, watch from afar (outside or inside) and witness that person sitting there meditating.
I witness the space, the Bengal Sea from the beach. Three years ago I witnessed this scene in India. My brother and sister pilgrims are there now. One dear friend texts me, "I walk along the ashram path and expect to see you."
I text back, "I am there."
Perceive not only what is changing all the time: space, time, and people, places, things, all the phenomena of this earthly human existence moment to moment, and also, more importantly, that which does not change. You witness both the changing and the unchanging.
I am aware of my observing all around, and inside.
I witness the time: looking down from the temple to the town, three years ago.
Suddenly I know that precisely because I can witness everything, I MUST be the still place, the never-began, the never-ending.
This place is not a place, but a perspective that allows me to perceive everything.
I can perceive the one - me - who is perceiving. In this moment everything shifts.
Everything phenomenal drops away and I am, I am.
I am not bound by space or time. I can be in India, across both miles and years.
I can be here in India climbing the sacred mountain Arunachala
to sit in Ramana Maharshi's cave. I witness myself meditating there surrounded by the hard stone that pours out love. I witness then, I witness now.
"Let the light of your attention and awareness send warmth and comfort to your whole body, one part at a time, culminating in the experience that your whole body is cared for and loved in this moment." Page 152
A dear friend and teacher of mine, Jeremy Taylor, died recently, and I want to share a taste of him with you. He came to teach his specialty, dream-work, at ChIMe. He is the author of the wonderful book, Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill. I love this particular quote: "It often happens that a person clearly remembers a dream that focuses on some life issue that he or she consciously believes is insoluble, and to which there seems to be no positive response, but if the dream is remembered, then that is absolute proof that there is some creative response."
A recent interview with Jeremy is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUpbdnHr5Wc
Also, here is a poem Jeremy wrote:
Love Prayer(with a tip of the hat to Coleman Barks)
Oh, God(dess) Grant me Love!
Please, make it simply Difficult.. Make it crack and melt the hard places Where I am so sure of myself.
Make it stiffen and enliven the weak places Where I am uncertain, ignorant, and secretly afraid.
And please make it horribly "inappropriate" So I must really know you in myself, Myself in you, Forced To give up everything that is not love (Because it is so hard to do it willingly. . .)
I pray this Knowing it will ruin me.
Let me be ruined by love, So that I may come back to you Without pride, or stupidity, - Or pretense, or opinions -
or any sense of separation -
Stripped Like a lover, Hungry and ecstatically full All at the same time!
-Jeremy Taylor, United States twentieth century Sacred Poems and Prayers of Love, 1998
New YouTube video recording from Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gift ofJoining