Meditation Sit Joyfully Beside a Stream

Meditation is like sitting joyfully beside a stream, just letting it flow.
You don’t scoop up a bucket of that water to keep it.
It is flowing, and you get to be with it.
You cannot hold onto it.
It pours. Crystal clear water.
It is Light.

You are made of it.

You are made of this Light.
You cannot contain or manipulate it.
It is what you are made of.

In meditation we allow everything to be as it is.
We’re not trying to stop thoughts.
We’re not efforting and grunting like a little kid, trying to prevent every thought from emerging. No.

Rather we are allowing sensations and thoughts to pour through and go downstream.
We are removed from stories.
We simply let the senses arise without a story.

Go to the basic sensations of seeing, hearing, feeling.
Notice each in turn and allow each sensation to just be.
I see what I see, in my mind’s eye. Let it be. No story about it.
I hear what I hear. It wafts in and out.
I feel what I feel. This arises and falls away.

Your inner Witness lives in the Light and watches the senses do their thing.

Meditation simplified is:  just Let Go.
Let things be as they are.
You brought your character here today, you sat it down.
That was your job.
Then you left it sitting beside the stream.
You let go and float.

(My teacher Isaac provided these words to me, or something like them, years ago. See more meditations in Walking the Bridge vol 1)
(Thanks to Pexels for this river pic.)

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3 Responses to Meditation Sit Joyfully Beside a Stream

  1. Dave Lankutis says:

    my meditation by a brook in the Snowy Mountains of Montana:

    As you sit or stand near the brook, notice the difference in the sounds created by each little waterfall. A waterfall that is a foot or more high, falling into a pool, makes a deeper sound. Water falling gradually over a few rocks makes a lighter sound. Try to find a spot away from the louder waterfalls so their sound doesn’t drown out the sound of the lighter sounding waterfalls. Quietly, walk around and listen until you find the spot where you can hear the blended sound of as many waterfalls as possible. You will be further from the loud ones, closer to the soft ones. There may be several such spots. Notice how the blended sound is slightly different in each spot. Turn your head slowly back and forth. Notice the apparent change in the sound that has nothing to do with the brook itself. Think about how the brook is part of a continuous stream of water, endless, to the sea. Think about how the seawater evaporates and returns as rain to recharge the spring that feeds the brook.

    Think about the many sounds that are created by the same water. Think about how rocks, banks and water are all necessary to create the brook and the sounds you are hearing. Think about how the banks change from erosion, especially during spring runoff. Think about how the sound changes from year to year as the banks erode and change. Think about how the sound changes day by day and hour by hour as the water level changes and the banks erode, ever so slightly.

    Since the sound you hear now is somewhat a result of erosion from months, years and centuries ago, it means that all time is here in the now.

    Think about how you could interact with the sound of the brook and change it forever by moving a rock or digging away part of the bank. Those who sit and meditate in this spot in the future will be able to hear a part of you, just as you can now hear the sounds of those who moved rocks and dug banks before you. All of them and part of everyone who was ever there, is in the sound of that brook.

    What you cannot hear is significant also. The sound is as it is because of all of the people who have never been by this brook, moving rocks and digging banks. Had they done so, you would hear a different sound. By never having been there, you can hear what is not them in the brook. All of time, all who have ever lived are in the sound of that brook.


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