By Lori Lines
We've all had moments when things suddenly became clear. The haze dissipates and what was there all along becomes obvious. The solutions to a problem you've been pondering for days, weeks, or even months unexpectedly presents itself. The things you've always been told as true of which you only half-believed or dis-believed, now becomes as real as your own existence. The issue you've been wrestling with dissolves and your heart catches fire with inspiration and immediately you know what you must do. Sometimes we wonder how we could have missed what is now so plainly apparent.
A diligent meditation practice promises moments such as these. Most psychics have a way of being naturally "mindful" with the ability to slow down the mind long enough to "catch" or extrapolate these insights into truth. These are unmistakable moments when something within you moves and you can see things differently. These moments are not only called "insights" but also called "clear gazing."
A mindfulness meditation practice possesses the deeper purpose of gaining insight into the way the world IS and to live our lives according to the truths that present themselves. Insight can appear at any time. Yet, meditation prepares the mind to receive them. We cannot coerce insights but we can clear the way for them to arise.
If you already practice mindfulness or "presence," you've already been doing the necessary groundwork for gaining insight. In fact, you may have already experienced insights and started to feel that a whole new world is opening up to you. Here's why: Meditation helps us to be more attentive to our lives. At the same time, it enables us to develop a new relationship with our experience, characterized by acceptance and relinquishment. We learn, through meditation, that just because a thought arises does not mean we have to believe it. It's just a thought. And, given the erratic nature of the mind, it's probably not a keeper. If we simply accept the fact that it has arisen and let it go, without aversion or attachment, the mind remains clear, spacious, and ready to see what is there. The qualities of attention, acceptance, and relinquishment are what prime our minds for insight.
Meditation practice enables us to recognize our ideas and beliefs, accept them for what they are, and remain unattached to them. We allow our thoughts and sensations to arise and then allow them to go their own way. In this manner, we maintain "beginners mind." The mind of openness and flexibility. The mind that can be taught, that can view things afresh.
© Lori Lines, 2015. All rights reserved.
Author Lori Lines
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