We see our own mind in meditation—at least potentially. That is if we can get past emotional debris. Virtue or said another way, a recent unkind, impure heart limits or inhibits clarity. The mind becomes, in effect, dirty and dull if one has been angry or self-centered. Attachment to particular desires or having a greedy mind creates potential blockages that prevent feelings of bliss and beauty in meditation.
It is said by meditation teachers that when we meditate we see images of one’s own mind just as we see our image when we look in a mirror. The truest image of mind occurs when there is stillness in the heart. I don’t know about you but for me, this stillness and calmness happen when feeling most at peace with life – not resisting whatever experience occurs and most especially when feeling kindness and having good will toward others. Most of all, feeling good will toward those who challenge my ability to maintain the highest virtues, our highest ideals.
The physically enforced retreat has been the name of the game for this past week in my personal experience. Always, it is in divine order and for a higher purpose—or this is the way I choose to view it. Right, so basically, even though I had the flu shot and haven’t had even a slight cold for years, chills, head, and chest congestion arrived in my life. A meditative retreat is how it has been processed which enabled the mind to heart to be clear and deep meditative bliss and beauty enhanced.
When one is able to look directly at one’s own mind in this way, it becomes clear what needs to change in one’s daily life. Speaking only kindly, practicing generosity and good will toward others and in other words walking the world with a pure heart being kind and gentle toward one’s self and others.
I have always known this (and taught it in the psychic development course) that virtue is an essential ingredient for success in receiving insight and guidance in meditation.
When one is able to see directly into one’s own mind—beautiful light and blissful states blossom.
This past week of retreat has been a reminder that a beautifully peaceful life enables a beautiful mind and easily successful meditations.