Keep your mind open while reading this. It may be new to you!
Let’s explore Meditation. But first…
Do you think stress is on the rise or decline?
Do you think chronic disease is on the rise or decline?
Do you think we’re becoming more, or less connected to friends, family, and nature?
If we look back on the last 50 years, we have become more connected as a planet, but less connected as individuals.
I’m sure you’ve heard of an identity crisis.
They are always happening and we all go through them, and that’s OK, In fact, it’s totally normal.
It’s part of being human.
A wolf isn’t concerned about how to be a wolf, it just is, a bird isn’t concerned about how to be a bird, it just is. Humans are constantly concerned about how to be human, thinking we’re supposed to have it all figured out when in reality, being confused is part of being human.
Social media plays a large part in this confusion.
When everyone’s life looks so good and mine looks shitty, I’m going to be hell confused.
I’m probably going to think something wrong with me and the way I’m living my life!
So, it’s important to ground yourself when this happens.
We live and we die, those are 2 things I know for sure.
Death is often looked at in an extremely negative way. We celebrate birth, but not death…
It’s an interesting topic, isn’t it?
Michael Singer, author of “The Untethered Soul” and “The Surrender Experiment” believes death should be exciting.
(paraphrasing Michael’s words)“It’s the best learning tool, and we still don’t know what is on the other side. Is there more? If there is, how exciting! I can’t wait! If there isn’t, you won’t know about it anyway, it’ll be lights out”
I honestly believe so much pain and suffering can be healed through connection.
Firstly, connection and awareness with the true self, the soul.
(now hang in there with me)
What is the soul? Where is the soul? Who is the soul?
I’m not going to pretend to know all the answers and I’m definitely not a guru, not even close, sooo far from that.
However, what I can do is give you my personal experiences as a beginner.
Your soul is the REAL you, its the observer of your thoughts, the one who is in there watching everything.
Our thoughts are not us. We are not our thoughts…
I know the word “soul” can be a bit woo woo (that’s definitely what I thought), but let me try to help you understand it with an exercise.
Observing your thoughts
Let’s do it right now… We’re going to stop that little voice talking for a second, and watch it re-enter. Below is a white space with no text. Take a really big deep breathe in & slowly let the air out while observing the white space… and wait until a little voice starts making noise…
Isn’t that weird! Who is that little noise? You know it’s not you right because you were the one who noticed it.
Do the exercise again, but this time imagine you are back behind your head, in your mind, observing the voice re-enter. Like your watching from a distance.
The first time I noticed this strange voice I started laughing because I understood it wasn’t me.
It’s not you, you are the one that notices the thoughts.
Our personal experiences in life have dictated the chatter that goes on in our mind. You are not your mind.
Isn’t that weird! So awesome though!
The real you, the soul, is the observer. It’s you that observes an object before the name of the object pops into your mind.
Have you ever observed something so intently without naming the object in your mind, and instead just watched it.
You can try this little exercise also, its strangely fun. It takes you out of the thinking mind and brings in the real you, the one who is looking.
Well, I think that’s enough for today, the rest is practice!
Thanks for opening your mind a little today 😉
– Keagan Bizzell
– The Charge Movement