EDITION: December '08 - February '09

MEDITATION THE FILM IN YOUR HEAD

Dassana

Meditation
THE FILM IN YOUR HEAD

Meditation is a purely scientific method. In scientific terms this is called observation, or to be more exact, the observation of objects. When this observation is directed inwards instead of outwards we call it meditation. You don’t need any religious creed, an atheist is just as capable of meditating as a religious person since meditation is nothing but a method for looking inside ourselves.

When we look inwards we become conscious of how our intellect and cognitive processes work. The moment we realize how our mind works we stop being dominated by it. This awareness means that we have reached further than our intellect. We cannot be what we observe while we observe it; we become a spectator from a higher place.










The way the brain works is similar to a film: thoughts come up like images on a screen. If we play the film in slow motion we can perceive the spaces between each image. The same occurs with words and musical notes: there is always a gap, a silence. Two notes or two words could not be two if they were not separated by an interval. Silence is always present, but we have to pay a lot of attention, we have to open up our perception to experience it.

These spaces also exist between thoughts. If we examine our thoughts closer we can discover the gaps. The less attention we pay, the more chaotic our mind becomes. If we observe with more awareness and perceive the gaps between our thoughts, our spirit will be soothed and our understanding will gain lucidity and sharpness. We are no longer dominated by our mind – we just use it when we need it.










Observation is the key to meditation: observe what happens in your head. Simply look at everything that is happening in your head without adding or removing anything. Stay in the role of an observer and, bit by bit, the gaps between thoughts will become visible and grow bigger. Moments of silence will start to occur, and the chaotic traffic of thoughts will become calm and orderly. Moments of silence appear. A thought comes up and then there is silence, until the next thought appears.

These silent gaps start to give you an idea of what meditation conveys, your head becomes clearer and calmer. As soon as the flow of thoughts calms down and the spirit becomes quieter, a feeling of peace and happiness kicks in.