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                                                                     Freedom from Thought

I want to start this page with a article of the type or form of, which is so Common " how to meditate ";


                                  Monkey Mind: Should You Be Striving to Have No Thoughts in Meditation? 

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When great mystics implore us to be free from thought, to transcend the endless chattering of what Buddhists call the “monkey mind,” they don’t necessarily mean that we need to stop the stream of thought altogether. In fact, trying to bring the rushing thought-stream to a halt is a lot like trying to stop any other rushing stream with an incredibly strong momentum behind it. It isn’t easy. And when it comes to actively stopping the flow of your own mind, the attempt generally backfires, leading to aggravation, internal tension, and even more thinking.

It’s true that some advanced mystics, like Power of Now author Eckhart Tolle, say they experience states of completely thought-free bliss sometimes lasting up to three or four hours at a time. But unless you’re living in a Himalayan cave (or, like Tolle, spending years sitting quietly on a park bench), the movement of your mind probably isn’t going to come to a full and complete stop anytime soon.

So what’s a poor meditator to do?

Ignoring the Monkey Mind

Well, luckily for us we don’t have to stop the monkey mind to experience freedom from it. We just have to learn how to ignore it.

One of the best places to start is by learning how to meditate by focusing on your breathing. When you are doing nothing but sitting still and counting each breath you take, you will develop the capacity, over time, to exclude other thoughts from your mind so you don’t get distracted. That means you have to ignore other thoughts that aren’t related to counting each breath.

Eventually, your ability to focus and pay attention will become so refined that you’ll be able to maintain an awareness of your breathing even when your thoughts seem to be rolling over the plains of your mind like a tornado. And sooner or later, you’ll come to realize that no matter how active and noisy your mind is, there’s a part of you that is forever untouched by it–a silent Witness that is inherently still, awake, effortless, blissful, and free.

                                                        My point is ,

 concerning "how to meditate" in above statement, When Drawing,for example my posing, a dancer dancing,a sculptor sculpting, a potter, a weaver,setting still in the woods and simply observing with no purpose of being there but to be aware of the woods.

        I truly do not believe One can become a very Spiritual being, unless they can clearly explain "How and the many ways Meditation can and does occur, Like reading a great Novel, sure there are deeper forms of "freedom of thought", 

     For example ;  I life drawing class if I am posing instead of sketching, I think about the pose I want to present, once I get into position, I transcend into a meditative state, if the pose is a painful pose and lengthy,  I soon am regretting it,if I can't get to that meditative state, as it can become almost un-bearable, yet if I can transcend,to a high meditative state, it I am very aware of simply the place I am in, almost a sleep state, yet very aware. Like Eckhart Tolle states above ; "states of completely thought-free bliss sometimes lasting up to three or four hours at a time.", After pose is complete, I retain that awareness/ feeling of great refreshment / great to be alive feeling , for sometime after.


                                                        Another Point that needs addressed

 Why have Religions such as Christianity been teaching the importance of Meditation,if it the duty of a Religion to guide it's followers                                                                                         to Spiritually ?.

                         Where Nature can easily show how to be without judgement, if one Submits to it's Invitation;


                              for example ; Imagine as you enter into the Woods ,a voice of sorts reminds you ; 


                                               " A unknown World you now enter into, though from your past maybe that tree someone named it "Oak", maybe the one next to it a "Hickory", these are just words, not truths , they are simply different defined forms of. If you see the "Owl" just a different form, of Nature, Only way to know them is to know your One with them,  Imagine them seeing You, judging you.wondering about you, this help take away the thought of judging, by seeing one's self reflected by the " Woods",remember the Woods is All as One, A tree is only a part of the Woods,


                                                                                                   When One enters the Woods,one can be apart of the Woods, or Not.                                                                                                                          If "Not", one will never truly see the Woods. - me