Awareness is the essence of meditation.
Awareness is present in each moment.
Awareness is meditation.
In this section, I will be posting techniques in which recognizing the underlying awareness, is the key. These techniques can be categorized in 4 different stages, which all start, happen in and end in awareness. They are categorized in different stages as the object of attention varies.
The four categories of awareness meditations include;
- Directing your attention onto the objects of your experience (initially the breath) and witnessing these experiences come and go within awareness.
- Resting your attention in the intuitive feeling and knowing that you are existing, the sense of “I AM”, presence or beingness.
- Resting the attention in awareness itself.
- Just awareness (This is not a stage but recognizing our innate natural abiding awareness). Attention may move wherever it may like. The movement of attention occurs within awareness. All experience occurs within awareness. The sense of existing or “I AM” occurs within awareness. Awareness just IS.
It is advisable for beginners to start with the awareness of breathing meditation and then move onto other meditations as your concentration and self-awareness develops. Awareness of breathing could also be used initially before starting other meditations or be used exclusively.
Below are the links to the different meditation techniques included in Awareness meditation;
I Am Meditation
This guided meditations, brings ones attention back onto the intuitive feeling and knowing that we exist, onto the sense of “I” . This is something simple, something obvious but easily overlooked.
Resting as Awareness itself
In this self-inquiry, we rest our attention into this natural and ever present awareness or perception itself. This leads to recognising that in essence, we are the awareness itself. The sense of being an individual “I”, separate from the whole also occurs within awareness itself. Awareness Is, changeless, without any definition.
Practicing in daily life
Practicing these techniques during our daily life is what will lead us to deeper insights about ourselves. Initially, sincere effort and constant investigation is required to move from unconscious tendencies to the effortless state of being and awareness. Through practice we become self-aware of many aspects of ourselves, recognising deeper truths through insight. Insight paves the way toward living life from a place of truth and wisdom.