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Selections from Meditation: A Simple 8-Point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life by Eknath Easwaran, founder and director of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, copyright 1978, 1991. Reprinted by permission of Nilgiri Press, Tomales, California. All rights reserved.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.
 


"Having come to realize in the first stage of meditation that we are not our bodies, in the second stage we make an even more astounding discovery: we are not our minds either."

Eknath Easwaran, Meditation, Part 3

Wise choices in food, exercise, sleep - all these enhance your health. You feel vital, alive; fatigue leaves without saying goodbye. Minor ills like colds and flu will brush you lightly, if at all. Chronic complaints often dissolve, and you are largely shielded from many serious diseases like hypertension and heart disease. All this prolongs life and keeps you active, perhaps until the last day of this mortal life. hi every tradition, sages often retain their vigor into their eighties and nineties.

In the first stage of meditation, then, we discover that our bodies are really garments we wear - or, if you like, vehicles in which we ride. After many years in this country, I have learned the ways of the automobile, and I feel comfortable with such a comparison. In the early days, though, I heard some expressions that confused me. Soon after I came to California I went on a trip with some friends. The lady driving suddenly announced with concern, "I'm out of water!" She looked all right to me - it hadn't been that long since we had eaten lunch - but I suggested she stop at the cafe ahead. Then someone explained, "She means the car is out of water." "Oh!" I said thinking to myself, a little mystified, "Why doesn't she say that?"

All these bodies of ours are just cars moving about - some compacts, some big sedans. Some of them can dash away from a traffic light; others take a while to get going, especially in the morning. Most were made in America, but we have a refreshing mixture of imports too.

Having come to realize in the first stage of meditation that we are not our bodies, in the second stage we make an even more astounding discovery: we are not our minds either.

Sometimes when I state that, I catch the took on people's faces - a look that seems to say, "Just a minute! First, you tell us that we're not our bodies. Okay. Sounds craz- . . . well, unusual; but we're suspending judgment. But now you tell us with a straight face that we're not our minds either. My friend, you've just eliminated us completely!" When I see that look I hasten to add, "Wait a bit. There's more to the story. "

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