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.
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.
- Relax and Pay Attention
- Abandon the World
- Abide As Awareness Itself
- Don’t Get Involved
- Wanting Nothing from Meditation
- Opening to the Great Perfection