One Love, Lance)
“Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.
When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself”
― Lao Tzu
“Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing. The same no-thing. They are externalization of inner space and inner silence, which is stillness:
the infinitely creative womb of all existence.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Touching Stillness, even for a few brief moments, is like sipping clear, crisp spring water on a steamy summer day. Paradoxically, it's also like feeling the warm glow of a fireplace, snuggling at home on a snowy evening peering through the window at the moon. In Stillness, the Presence emerges. In a silent whisper, it sings of the Ineffable, that space where the fundamentally mysterious and completely ordinary meet to form the fabric of Life itself.
to simply Sit Still and allow one's attention to rest on the experience of breathing, widening the focus to include a greater awareness of the ongoing sensations and energies of body/mind. Known as shikantaza in Soto Zen , we allow ourselves to simply sit with what Zen teacher Norman Fischer calls "the basic feeling of being alive." As we gently and persistently return to our breath/body again and again as the focus of our attention wanders off into thoughts and images and memories and daydreams, a more relaxed and concentrated quality of consciousness emerges. In time -- or perhaps in this very moment -- one's heart and mind open to the One Love, the Ongoing Miracle, the Sacred Reality of Life Itself. Resting in that Stillness, we sense that everything exists in the embrace of an Infinite and Gracious Spaciousness. We find that our ability to love and be loved deepens as Mindfulness of the One Love imbues our lives more and more -- even in the midst of activity.
You can then choose to draw those energies into the heart with each inhalation, and release them with the out breath. The aim in this to "get rid of the feelings" but to allow them to diffuse into the increasing spaciousness of an open heart and mind. Unlike western therapies that seek to find an intellectual explanation of those feelings (oh, that comes from the time i was three years old, etc....), the object is just to experience the pre-conceptual energies -- and the space around them. There, the Heart/Mind heals itself.
Once the Practice has developed to the point where that Gracious Spaciousness is more readily available, the ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice, Tonglen, can be especially helpful when particular thoughts/feelings occur repeatedly or with particular intensity. As this Practice develops you actually expand the locus of these "troubling" feelings to include those of others. At a certain point, the universality of these feelings becomes self-evident. Rather than identifying with "my" pain, it becomes "the Pain" of our shared humanity. At that point, you can become an agent of healing, transmuting the troubling feelings drawn into the heart on the in-breath into your heartfelt aspirations for all to be released from such suffering on the outbreath. *