It is a great honor to have been accepted into a teacher training program for Mindful Meditation with Jack Kornfield, and Tara Brach. In addition to teaching Yoga of all types including meditation and Yoga philosophy, I will soon be certified in this engaging, Buddhist-based approach.
Just the word meditation can cause discomfort in anyone approaching a spiritual path. Most people imagine those who do it as being in a state of bliss, having no thoughts at all, sitting comfortably with nary a desire to twitch or move, and above all, loving it.
That may be for some, but for those starting out it is helpful to hear Karlfried Gras von Durkheim say in his book, The Way of Transformation, "The first necessity is that we should have the courage to face life, and to encounter all that is most perilous in the world. When this is possible, meditation itself becomes the means by which we accept and welcome the demons which arise from the unconscious, a process very different from the practice of concentration on some object as a protection against such forces."
No matter the meditation style chosen, a concentrating practice or simply watching what goes on, we will all encounter the demons of anger, anxiety, boredom, sleepiness, agitation, jealousy, and a host of others. It is the willingness to sit down on the cushion that gives us the very courage we need to encounter what shows up, and once faced, we realize the strength and capacity we have to be with it.
Leading to Durkheim's follow on statement, "Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him." As we sit, we see that the demons don't exist except for inside our heads, and slowly they are annihilated, allowing that which is "indestructible," our True Nature, our Being, our innate intelligence, to shine through.
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