Here you will find a simple meditation exercise, together with my comments.
The mind can be compared to a river, where water flows constantly. The aim of the exercise is to stop this stream, while keeping your mind awake. That way you will get rid of conceptual thoughts. You will also forget about the past and the future. You should then be able to observe the real nature of mind, away from any sensorial object. So you'll discover the real process of conscience, and have an experience of a clear mind.
Start concentration on your breath for a few seconds...
Then stop the river of your mind!
find below my comments
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- First of all, I felt like just being born, like if I was coming from the edge of time, and suddenly I realize my mind is in the present time, lost in the infinite space and time. I feel I'm out of time and out of what we call space. I can see myself as a null point in this infinity.
- quickly it appears that my mind is dual. What is that voice that says "I" ? The ego notion is suddenly not as clear, as simple as expected. "My thought" ? The mind and the ego look dissociated now... However I feel more unified now, that's really strange. I realize that what I call "myself" is not clear.
So I can here my thoughts, and these are made of words, words in my language. This is clear that "I" am dependant of these words. I I was thinking in a different language, then my thoughts would probably be completely different. My mind is a prisoner. What is true here could be wrong in another language. I realize that my thoughts are distorded.
Dependant on these words, I need to get rid of them if I want to see the truth, if I want to experiment a not-reduced mind.
What happens then if I remove all words?
I need a vizualization, a feeling, like for exemple if I imagine that I sit on a mountain, and to feel it in my body, in my soul.
That way I can get rid of the never-ending mind, that mind that constantly analyses everything and put words on it.
I would like to reach this quiet state where all theses thougts finally stop, and I realize the real nature of my mind
Beyond the words, I realize I will be able to experiment the true nature of mind, and that will be hard to put that in words again here.
Once I will access a new conscience state, it will be easier afterwards to "remember" this state for future meditations.
It appears then that all objects of the world exist only through my distorded mind, so they are not as real as expected. In the same way, all distorded thoughts are not real also. I suddenly realize the meaning of the sanscrit word Madhyamika (enlightement) : I need to meditate on the fact that everything in this world (Samsara) is empty of essence. Samsara is only made of distorded objects, and so is completely empty of self nature.
I understand the aim of meditation : eliminate all distorded thoughts, to be able to feel the true nature, this clear light. If you take glass full of dirty water (this is the samsara, , and you