December 6, 2015 2:59 PM
Alain had written that he had had a few, brief “no mind” experiences and was wondering if I had a more effective technique than the vipassana method (meditating while focusing on the breath).
I’ve never liked the hit-or-miss nature of meditation, so I prefer and recommend a more active, hands-on approach. My response is also the technique I use to find subjects to take photos of.
Here is my suggestion:
Imagine you are a videographer (the guy doing the filming) of a documentary about “Everyday Beauty.” Your job is to capture everyday beauty wherever you are. But instead of using a video camera, just use your eyes. Focus in on an object and “capture” the beauty with your eyes. Look at everything from different angles, paying attention to the light and shadows and shapes. Your job is NOT to define or explain these objects—not to narrate the film—but just to capture their beauty.
When your mind kicks in and starts to narrate or explain or classify, visualize reaching your hand inside your head, grabbing these thoughts, and pulling them right out of your mind. Then drop them to the ground and get back to “filming.”
Two things will be accomplished:
- “You” will disappear as your thoughts vanish or are discarded
- You will “become” the moment, the eternal Now.
Hope this helps.
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