When we are in a silent place, we feel silent. When we are in a loud place, we feel a different response within us. Early in the morning, everything is silent. The trees are silent, the waters are silent, the life has not yet begun, in this silence, it is easier to go into meditation. However, there is no time at which we cannot meditate. Whatever works for us is the right time for us.
"Even though there are thousands of meditation practices, the practice of Anapanasati is the simplest of them all. Ana in Pali means in-breath; apana is out-breath and sati means 'to be one with'. Hence, Anapanasati means to be one with the breath. This meditation was originally taught by Buddha; in recent times, it has been popularized by Brahmarishi Subhash Patriji."
"Order is intrinsic in life itself" ~Jiddu Krishnamurti This beautiful quote by J. Krishnamurthi. There is an underlying order, in our relationships, in our lives, in the leaves, in the ecosystems, in our planetary system. When we align with this order, either by chance or by knowledge, our mind naturally becomes silent. This is why people experience peace after they have acted rightly or according to their conscience. When we violate this order, we become agitated and seek war outside ourselves with others who have violated the order. This is our path to peace, a recognition and search for order in our lives. Meditation both helps this process and is helped by this process. Image Source: Public Domain Pictures https://pixabay.com/en/leaves-twig-branch-sky-blue-cloud-15757/ Quote: Meditations by J. Krishnamurti (Shambhala Classics)
"When we start to live a virtuous life, we create order in our relationship to others. Then the mind becomes extraordinarily quiet, naturally silent" ~Jiddu Krishnamurthi I think this is why most spiritual traditions recommend precepts such as vegetarianism and honesty. Until we develop the wisdom to discern for ourselves, these general guidelines serve us very well. For example, the purpose of relationships is to share our gifts with others. If instead of this we focus on what we can get from others, our mind will not be at peace. If however, we act rightly, we will find our mind becoming silent. Just as it naturally becomes silent once we have completed some work or task or accomplished a hard-won goal.
Lighting a small lamp, giving yourself a pat on the back, acknowledging your progress with a smile, sharing your progress with an encouraging friend, and many other ways to celebrate. Try one, notice your progress and celebrate where you are today. You will never be like this in any other moment in your life.
"Meditation is a freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth" -Jiddu Krishnamurthy Photo Credit:Isai Ramos https://unsplash.com/@isai21 Quote: Meditations by Jiddu Krishnamurthy Effects: Prisma the App.
"When we talk about the present moment, we talk about different levels of the present moment and the light of consciousness are one and the same. Because that is the thing that always remains" ~Based on a talk by Eckhart Tolle
Sometimes we fall into the trap of only seeking positive images in mediation. The better thing is to not try to change them as they come up. Simply watch them, directly, immediately, facing them as they are.