Commonly Asked Questions
Is meditation difficult?
Obviously it is terribly difficult if it is not effortless and easy to do. Many practices and even just sitting and doing nothing can be hard. The mind is crazy and chaotic at times. This mental habit can be very unpredictable but also this is its innocence. The fact is we cannot control or suppress it.
But this is not really meditation in the true sense of the word. This is better described as what Adyashanti calls, “manipulation.” What we really want is to allow and go inwards but how do we do this?
This is where mechanical techniques that effortlessly go to “the peace” are invaluable. Nobody has to do anything but think the technique and it goes straight to the target regardless of the state of mind or body. This arrow never misses and can even be used with the eyes open. A 24/7 target on the Truth, Universe, Infinite… how divine is that?
Does meditation interfere with religion? No.
It does not matter what belief system is held. Truth is universal regardless of Belief. There is only one infinite not two, this is common and mathematical sense. The practice of going inwards unites all because it is the same dance. The story might look a little different but the screen and the dance inward is the same despite belief. In fact an atheist has the exact same source as the religious person. This makes all arguments over beliefs quite silly once the silence has been tasted.
I have never taken meditation before. How do I start?
When you want to learn things in life a teacher can be important. For many things we can pick up a book or go to the Internet but lets not forget what we are talking about here.
Discovering what we truly are is not just a recipe for a fancy dinner we are cooking up. That dinner may be delicious or if I cooked it might turn into a disaster. Would you take that chance with your journey home to your Divinity?
We have heard all the clichés. We are all one. Just be still. Watch your thoughts. Observe your breath. It seems as though we can just Google our way to true meditation. The fact is that this journey is very subtle and it helps to have guidance. We can spend years doing it on our own but this approach does not seem to work long term. Sure we can have moments of peace but for many that anxiety and/or story in the head rushes back in. What we truly want is permanent peace. It wasn’t until we had a meditation Teacher that could offer a direct tool to settle into the stillness that this Peace became an option for us.
This is how the Teaching of The Bright Path is passed… from Teacher to Student.
How old do I need to be in order to learn meditation?
Babies are experts as well as most young kids before they start thinking too much and taking life so seriously. “What do you mean get married, get a job, grow up? Really? I am only 5 years old!” Probably that would be a good time to start to remember how to be innocent again.
Are special postures are required? No.
Our true nature does not leave us if we lie down or start dancing so why would positions matter?
True we can be more alert if we sit up with our eyes closed but that is a preference not a requirement. There are no does and don’ts other than to have fun exploring and not take it all so serious.
I am an advanced Yoga Teacher, how can I benefit from this course?
By forgetting everything you have learnt or known and start over. This is the same for everyone. Innocence is the key to exploring the silence. If we think we are getting further ahead then we can be “in our own way.” It doesn’t matter how long we have been practicing mediation or yoga (yoga means union) the silence is always fresh and alive holding onto nothing at all. This is the same for us as Teachers right now, we know less than ever. In this sense we are not really teaching anything but providing powerful tools so that you can know less too. This is the fun and joy of exploring the unknown.
A Path of Joy workshop in one sense does not give you anything new but takes away all that stands in the way of seeing what you already know to be true. This is the Endless Love that never stops being amazing.