Experiencing the Freedom of Being

Meditation Practices for an Enlightened Life

Silent meditation has always played a central role on the spiritual path. By allowing us to step directly beyond the mind and ego, authentic meditation provides us with both a direct experience of the goal and context of spiritual life and an opportunity to ground our being in that ultimate context.

In its highest form, meditation is about disengaging entirely from the world of time, action, and becoming, and resting freely and effortlessly in the ground of Being, in Awareness itself. Given this goal of radical disengagement from the world, how then can we make our meditation more integral, and more related to the lives we are living? The answer is: by shifting the context in which we’re meditating. Are we meditating simply to find greater inner peace for ourselves? Or, are we meditating with the intention of liberating our consciousness in order to make ourselves available to fully participate in the further evolution of Life, Humanity, Consciousness, and even God? When we ground our meditation practice in a deeper, higher intention for practicing, we discover an unlimited source of energy and passion for our practice, and a previously invisible doorway to the Infinite.

In Integral Enlightenment Meditation, we always first ground ourselves in the deepest reasons for meditating. We do this by engaging in one of the Inquiry Practices to Prepare for Meditation.

Before each meditation session, spend 5-15 minutes engaging one of our preparatory practices. By reminding us why we are meditating in the first place, these practices help to clear away any ambivalence about practicing meditation, and also help to ground us in a clear and strong intention to give everything to our practice for the highest reasons.

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Meditation Practices

These practices each take a different approach to the same goal: giving you a sustained experience of who you are beyond the mind. They can be practiced for any amount of time, but we recommend engaging them for anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour. You can practice them all day if you have the time for a self-retreat. But, due to the power of what can be unleashed by intensive practice, we don’t recommend all-day practice to beginners or those with psychological disorders. If you want to practice all day, we recommend taking at least a ten-minute break every hour.

For the entire period of the meditation, allow your experience to be exactly as it is. Don’t try to change anything on any level. Just allow everything to be, whatever it is. Notice how we are always trying to change our experience in some way. We’re trying to be more relaxed, trying not to be tense, trying to quiet the mind, trying to feel better. See this movement for what it is, and simply refuse to engage it. Resist the temptation to try to change anything at all. No matter what is occurring, just allow it to be. Leave everything alone. Even if there is immense inner struggle, or breathtaking inner bliss, just leave it alone; don’t try to make difficult feelings go away; don’t try to amplify or hold on to positive feelings. Allow them all and let them be.