Experiencing the present time and accepting each moment as it comes, is an experience one needs to conquer when meditating.
There are several obstructions we may be facing on the journey for the ‘here and now’. These obstacles may be revealed in the form of fear, desire, boredom and our ego forces. Each of this psychological states can interrupt the process of meditation and the quest for inner truth at any time. The secret is to learn how to tame and handle those internal forces by firstly acknowledging them and then allowing them to make their cycle as a subjective observer. This way we accept the nature of any negative energies that may prevail by not suppressing them. Therefore we are letting our inner self to discover what really ‘happens’ and develop our insight.
The uncertainty for the future and for the journey of true self-exploration can easily distract us from free thinking. Desire can emerge through the need for knowledge. When we become aware of our impulses which suggests the ability to accept the ambiguity of human nature and that of the ‘present moment’ we can overcome the insecurity of mortality and keep an open-mind to the unknown. To achieve this, one needs to go through the process of self-discovery, in a personal quest for inner truth with a subjective eye. In order to evaporate fear and desire we need to face our deeper realities with honesty and acceptance. This way we will be able to tolerate any disruption that may occur and observe the cycle of fear or desire instead of preventing it.
The dullness we may experience sometimes during the practice of meditation may come as an obstruction and interrupt the whole process. When meditating, we usually don’t experience intensity and therefore the mind can become intolerant. We should patiently observe the nature of these feelings when they emerge and try and address them through the useful tool of meditation.
It is important to replace concentration and focus with our attention and open-mindedness.
When concentrating we may prevent our perception and awareness from flourishing and naturally arising. The mind is trained to produce thoughts constantly. If we use an object, a thought or a word as our concentration tool we will find ourselves constantly rejecting and excluding our thoughts. By observing our mind passively, letting each thought arise and then disappear, we are allowing our insight to be activated.
We may be able to replace the need for concentration with the alert attention of our breathing, observing its variations. As our breath rises and falls it takes us through the journey of change. By paying attention to the changes in our breathing, its rhythm, intensity and energy flow, we are accumulating the impermanence of all things. We experience the attainment and the loss of life.
If we manage to release our mind from the heavy burdens of life, we may experience a mental void. When the mind is unoccupied of thoughts, it allows our awareness to accept each moment as a clean start with a relevant reception for the new. Everything feels right and all things serve their purpose.