Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thoughts on Meditation

My Australian friend Susie Surtees and I were talking about intuition and meditation one day and she took these notes and put it together in a really clear way. I just found the document and thought I'd pass it on.

There are two worlds that offer many kinds of perception.

There’s the "outer" world with your eyes open where you see objects and space: we generally become aware of 90% of this world through vision — you know this one well.

We’ve become used to thinking about vision-based perception as the major way of perceiving.

When you close your eyes, though, there’s a different world — an inner reality of energy, imagination, and many levels of nonphysical experience and awareness.

What happens in these inner worlds often determines the way the outer world looks and functions.

There are also three parts of your brain and perception feels different and behaves differently when you’re in each of those parts. Every kind of perception is legitimate and useful, and provides different things.

The lower brain
(brain stem/reptile brain) controls automatic functions like breathing, heartbeat, and digestion. It is very connected with your body consciousness.

It’s also about survival and safety, causing the fight-or-flight reaction when we feel threatened.

It can provide you with immediate "energy information" via vibration, in the form of expanded or contracted sensations and feelings.

The mid brain
(limbic system) is the center for sensory awareness — vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. It influences long-term memories, motivation, appetites, and sleep cycles. It’s also where you experience similarities, love, affection, and belonging.

Vision is closest to the upper brain functions and smell is closest to the reptile brain functions.

In the upper brain (neocortex) there are two hemispheres.

In the right hemisphere we experience patterns, direct knowing, conceptual awareness, and process experiential learning.

In the left hemisphere we make choices, control lower brain impulses, anticipate consequences, organize thoughts, plan, set goals, and practice critical thinking.

It’s also the center of language, analysis, definition, and meaning.

When you operate in the left hemisphere most of the time, you limit other modes of perception, which limits your potential, and your reality.

You block your ability to know intuitively, through direct knowing. Direct knowing saves time, is accurate, and efficient.

Meditation moves you out of the left hemisphere into the right brain, then drops you into your midbrain and reptile brain, and further into your heart.

It helps you become more conscious of other more expanded ways of perceiving. You realize your body, your cells, and the field of energy around you are all conscious! Together all your ways of knowing form a giant nonlocalized brain.

It helps to tune in to what you’re experiencing physically in your body to develop intuition so that when you’re confused you can cut through the mental chatter and confusion to the core truths.

You’ll learn to do this during everyday activities and to stay consciously aligned with your personal values during times of stress and in all of life.

You’ll become better at regulating your emotional and thinking landscapes and be in a place of calmness and ease during unpredictable times.

Meditation can be active — guided and purposeful, or passive — no thought, just direct experience.

Copyright by Penney Peirce 2011

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For anyone thinking meditation is difficult to begin doing, remember this: it isn't! Just find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Sit down, with your back straight & your feet flat on the ground. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing, to how it feels and what it sounds like. Your mind is going to "fight you" and continue to think about all the mundane things of the day, your to-do lists, etc. That's ok. When that happens, as soon as you notice it, just shift your awareness back to your breathing. This will happen continuously for a while, until basically, you are train your mind to constantly go back to your breathing, which when focused upon, becomes easier to zone into and you can focus upon your breathing in any location or situation and being able to do this, will help with achieving moments of serenity throughout your day, no matter what you are doing, or where you are. Just keep practicing, daily preferably, at least 10-15 min per day, 2x's a day if you can. When you approach meditation with a positive intention, you will soon see some positive benefits (more calm, better sleep, and if you "program" your meditation sessions w/intentions of positive things--stop smoking, remain calm during stressful situations, etc., you will soon start to see the results come to fruition! It's so relaxing, you'll wonder why you didn't start doing it way earlier in your life! Occassionally try for longer sessions; hour long ones are cool!