How to Meditate – venice class – Jun 26, 2014 th

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Question: How do you explain to somebody who thinks they can't meditate how to meditate?

Erich: How do you explain to somebody who thinks they CAN meditate how to meditate? You know what I mean?

When I sit down to meditate I'm not really "doing" anything. Anything that you "do" is just sort of getting you in the lane. The real meditation is: YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING! And then you BE ATTENTIVE to what is happening at that point. And then you realize, "Oh, wow, The All is doing ME!"

So, just keep learning what it is. Keep experiencing what it is. Don't feel like you have to have it all mapped out. If you do have it all mapped out and then you "do" your meditation, man, that is blinking boring! Meditation is not like that. It's the juiciness of Life experienced in the Now that you are in.

The easiest way that I find myself talking about it is: Get your people to relax. And, yourself, just relax. It is way more profound than it sounds.

You ARE conscious, effortlessly. And so, you will NOT go unconscious as you relax and don't "do" anything. Any technique you give somebody is simply a thing you give them to do as a way of distracting them from their usual distracted state. You say, "Focus on this." And they'll be like, "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh." Pretty soon they will be consciously attentive in the new Now. That's when you realize YOU ARE ONLINE, which is the huge point.

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  1. Being With You ~ Bahramji & Mashti ~ Bahramji & Mashti
  2. Ney ~ Bahramji Feat. Masti ~ Sufi Safir

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