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Old January 9th, 2011, 22:53   #1 (permalink)
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Default Freedom In Silence

I went for a long walk in the rain. What a wonderful joy it was, a time to reflect, to notice a raft of sensations and clear a space in my mind. No umbrella or wet weather clothing, just my exercise kit.

I guess I can add a "walking in the rain" meditation to my list of practice.

Isn't the meditation life a paradox? I mean in attempting to share my experience on this forum, I once again realise that meditation is not a time for words no matter how I try to phase them. All my words are wholly ineffective when I come to enter into this deep and mysterious communion.

I find it takes courage to become more and more silent. But as I enter into a deep and creative silence I like to think of it as meeting God in a way that transcends all my powers of intellect and language. I have to listen, to concentrate, to attend rather than think.

It has given me a clear sense that silence is really absolutely necessary for my human spirit if it really is to thrive, and not only just to thrive, but to be creative, to have a creative response to life, to my environment, to friends and even my virtual forum colleagues.

Because the silence gives my spirit room to breathe, room to be. In silence I don't have to be justifying myself, apologizing for myself, trying to impress anyone. I just have to be, and it is a marvellous experience when I come to it. And the wonder of it is that in that experience, there is complete freedom. I am not trying to play any role or fulfil anyone's expectation.

Or maybe it was the rain in my face... but when I noticed the birds on the foreshore, they too seemed to be in communion.

Nothing but the best...

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Old January 9th, 2011, 23:27   #2 (permalink)
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I can relate to your entire post too olmate!

It seems that using words to describe these experiences aren't limited by duality either. I find that when describing an experience, the words I choose all have an opposite, that can also be used to describe the experience. The silence is simple, yet can be complex to describe. The experience lets what is real shine through by letting what is an illusion also shine. Kind of amazing.

The silence is the essence of life. The foundation of creation, if you will.

I have to add though, increasingly, i've felt the silence underneath whatever discourse is making itself known. I don't feel as if I'm limited to living life only during experiences of pure silence. The rising of many emotions is also a beautiful, peaceful experience in it's own way. It's not the same as pure silence, but brilliant nonetheless.

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Old January 10th, 2011, 23:38   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Midnight,

I think the point you make in your last paragraph is critically important. Why meditation is so important for me is that it helps me live my life as a process of integrated growth.

I love trees. When I think about growing I look to trees. A key part of growing is sending down roots. I think of aspects of my meditation practice as sending down those roots and tapping into an innermost centre.

In many societies I see all sorts of help given to the community to grow intellectually. However, not so many are given to us to grow spiritually (and I don't mean religion when I use that word). To find and become familiar with our spirit, the centre of our personal identity, is to begin to live from the power of that centre; no longer blown around by every wind that happens to ruffle the surface, we learn to operate from that deep stillness within ourselves.

Growth needs planting, sending down roots and it also needs cultivation. Meditation because of its highly practical orientation, leads us day in and day out to cultivate the life of spirit, to return to that stillness and silence in our centre.

That is why this forum is so important as is the work of Michael and his team which is the catalyst for these threads.

Where I live there is a natural disaster unfolding right now with floods. This will be a shock and awe test for many in this community. The next few days will be interesting as our community responds. I will hold the words in your post top of mind as we go to the aid of those in immediate need.

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Old January 11th, 2011, 03:15   #4 (permalink)
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Olmate, I so appreciate how you describe the practical centering benefit of meditation. Could not agree more.

And I want to wish you -- and all in the path of the floods -- safety, centering, and compassionate community. Margaret
 
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Agreed, there is much emphasis and reliance on logic and mental intelligence in society, that it creates imbalance by ignoring the other areas needed for healthy development.

Best of luck to you and your community in the coming days!
 
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Olmate
Just a quick note to say I am thinking about you during the extremely difficult times in and around Brisbane. I am absolutely shocked to see the extent of flooding. I hope you and all affected are safe.

I understand there are more difficult times ahead today so please take the upmost care in protecting your personal safety over and above anything else.

I live in Brisbane as well
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Hi Ramai,

Thanks for your very kind thoughts, I do appreciate it. I am safe and being careful. Unfortunately one of my sons is missing at the moment (he is in one of the scenic rim towns), but communications are difficult and I have faith in his abilities.

If there is anything I can do for you or those close to you please do not hesitate to contact me.

My email is jonesdc59@iinet.net.au .

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Found him - safe and well.

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Happy to hear he is safe and well.
Forest Lake has been spared; my family is well, safe and we suffered no losses.
Thanks very much Olmate for your offer.
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Ramai and Olmate,
I am so happy to hear that your family members are okay. Wishing you and all around you safety, healing, and well-being. Margaret
 
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