There are many ways to meditate, and it was a wonderful
discovery when I learned this. One of the most powerful forms of
meditation for me is what I have called Stopping Meditation. The reason
this is so powerful for me is that it can be done anywhere, and it takes
very little time. Therefore, it is perfect for busy people "on the go."
Meditation means just that. It means we stop whatever we are doing for
just a moment and pay attention to something about it. We dissect it in
that moment, and then look closely at one of its individual pieces.
is a little bit different from Walking Meditation, which we explored
last week, in that it does not take a half hour or more, as Walking
Meditation can take. In Walking Meditation we deliberately take a walk
for the deliberate purpose of deliberately focusing on a deliberate
experience. In Stopping Meditation we do not use nearly as much time,
but we can accomplish the same thing. Focus.
can be used in the midst of a very busy day. COMBINED with Sitting
Meditation and Walking Meditation, it can create a powerful Trio of
Tools that can dramatically alter your reality and raise your
consciousness within a very short period of time. Yet even if used as
the only form of meditation, it can be transformative.
Here is how Stopping Meditation works.
that six times today (and every day) you will stop whatever you are
doing for 10 seconds and look closely and intently at one of its
Let us say you are washing the dishes. Stop what
you are doing for 10 seconds-just STOP in the middle of it-and peer
deep inside one aspect of what you are doing. Look, perhaps, at the
water. See it splashing on the dishes. See if you can count the drops of
water on the dish in your hand. Just count the water drops. I know it
is an impossible task, but undertake to do it anyway, just for 10
Consider the wonder of the water. Look deeply into it.
Peer inside. GO inside, in your Consciousness. See what you experience
there, see what you find. Just stop for a tiny moment and appreciate
that moment in a singular way.
Okay, now the 10 seconds are up.
Now pull yourself out of that highly focused reality and back into the
larger space of your experience. Don’t get "lost" in it. Blink your eyes
rapidly, or snap your finger, and literally snap out of it. Then,
notice what you experienced for that brief moment.
Now go on with what you were doing. Yet don’t be surprised if it takes on a whole new quality.
you have done is truly appreciate something. To "appreciate" something
is to make it larger, to increase it, as property, for instance,
appreciates in value.
When you use Stopping Meditation, you
increase the value of your life. And of life itself. It has been my
experience that this inevitably returns me to a place of peace.
order to remind yourself to do this six times a day you may wish to
have a little timer with you, or set your watch to beep. Later, as you
get used to doing this, your stopping will come automatically to you.
You will do this without having to be reminded.
Walking down the
street, you will simply stop for a moment and select a portion of what
you are seeing and see it again, in a deeper way. You will know what you
already know about that, but you will know it in a deeper way. This is
called "knowing again," or re-cognizing. The purpose of all of your life
is simply this: to know again, to recognize, what is true, and Who You
There are a thousand ways to do this. Maybe you catch a
reflection of yourself in a store window. Maybe you see a bus going by.
Perhaps you spy a dog on the street, or a pebble at your feet. It does
not matter what you focus on for those 10 seconds. Just stop for a tiny
moment and appreciate that moment in a singular way.
this while making love. Stop what you are doing for 10 seconds, separate
the moment into its component parts, select one part of the moment and
peer deeply into it. Maybe it is the look in your beloved’s eyes. Maybe
it is a sensation you are feeling-or creating. Just stop for a tiny
moment and appreciate that moment in a singular way.
regular times when I do this, and making love is one of them. Standing
in the shower is another. Eating food is another. Pick up a pea from the
plate, or a kernel of corn. Consider it. Appreciate it. Taste it
utterly and completely. Your meal times will never be the same. Your
showers will never be the same. Your lovemaking will never be the same.
YOU will never be the same.
This is Stopping Meditation. It takes
one minute a day. Sixty seconds, in six individual installments. Six
moments within which you may produce The Holy Experience.
stop what you are doing. Just STOP. Look deeply into the moment. If
nothing else, just close your eyes and focus on the sound of your own
breath. Experience the pure energy of life moving into and through your
body. Just for that moment, listen to yourself breathe. Watch yourself
take deeper breaths. Just listening to yourself makes you want to go
deeper into the experience-and so you begin to breath more deeply. It is
a wonderful thing, an extraordinary thing. Just STOPPING makes you go
deeper. Deeper into your experience, deeper into the mind of God.
here is a meditation program that I have recommended to many people:
(1) Walking Meditation in the morning; (2) Stopping Meditation during
the day, six times; (3) Sitting Meditation at night.
of all of these meditations is to create focus. It is about focusing
your attention on your experience. The reason for focus: it allows you
to be here now. Focusing on Now pulls you out of yesterday and out of
tomorrow. You do not exist in those illusions. You have your only
reality in This Moment, right here, right now.
Peace is found in
such awareness. As is love. For peace and love are one and the same, and
you become One and The Same when you enter into The Holy Experience.
© 2010 ReCreation Foundation – http://www.cwg.org – Neale Donald
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