Peace of Mind or Mind-in-Pieces
Have you ever considered that it is possible to actually live without thoughts? Sounds impossible? Yes, it appears impossible in today’s digital world where the decibel level of unspoken mental radio is too high. If you peep inside the mind of any normal person, you are sure to find an abnormal level of mental noise – often bordering around chaos and confusion. When the mental talk becomes obsessive, you can expect that some expert will label you as suffering from a disorder like OCD. There are many other sequences of alphabets, giving you plenty of choice. As stress is becoming a symbol of status and achievement, you are sure to find most people with everything except “peace of mind”!
When the mind is spinning too fast, almost uncontrollably, it is a fragmented mind; not a mind at peace. It is more accurate to call it a shattered mind or a “mind-in-pieces”. A mind at peace is a mind in control and at rest – happiness is just a by product. Few thoughts dare to cross this tranquil landscape. A thought has to hunt around a lot to find another entity of its kind. There is a vast peaceful valley between any two thoughts. People living in here can always look forward to deeper levels of tranquility and bliss – almost heavenly – where thoughts are out-lawed.
Arriving on this land-of-no-thought is the ideal of any devoted yogi regardless of the path he chooses. Of course, thoughtlessness is just a superficial description of a mind that is full of positivity, originality, and intuition. And, meditation is the vehicle to reach this land of no-thought.
Meditation is the Vehicle
Therefore, you have to prepare yourself to get on to this vehicle if you ultimately want to reach the territory where thoughts are forbidden. Meditation is the procedure to root out undisciplined thinking. it teaches you how to deal with thoughts that trample upon your peaceful mental landscape. It is surely a process of purification of mind – the only basic purpose of meditation.
You can choose from either of the two meditation styles. One is where you try to concentrate on one specific meditation object to the exclusion of everything else. For instance, if you are concentrating on your respiration you muster all mental efforts to maintain the awareness of the breathing and try to not allow any other mental activity such as thinking, judging, imagining, or analyzing. This is an example of concentration or absorption form of meditation. You aim to fully concentrate on or get absorbed in the single object of the meditation.
The other popular style of meditation is called insight or Vipassana meditation where your efforts are just the opposite. You don’t try to control or focus on any single thing, but transform yourself into a “mere witness” – an absolutely impartial, nonjudgmental, and detached witness who merely observes without interference. This form of meditation is the art and science of “mere observation, bare observation”. This popular form of meditation is firmly grounded on the foundation of mindfulness – a mental faculty that is making its presence felt in psychotherapy also.
There are two mental attributes that help you in both forms of meditation: detachment and non identification – developing them, therefore, becomes central to long term success in meditation.
Detachment and Non Identification
You are the witness, to whom things happen but who still remains a witness. Witnessing is the art of non-identification. Non-identification is all there is to meditation. It is the whole meditation. – Osho
A witness has two vital qualities: detachment and non-identification. Your success is measured by your degree of non-involvement in the mental processes. According to Osho detachment is the yardstick; the more detached you are, the better is your meditation. Thus, you essentially end up training yourself in the art of non-identification or detachment from your mental activities.
The primary reward of meditation comes in the form of decrease in the frequency of thoughts; in other words, increasing space between them. This thoughtless space is pregnant with peace and tranquility – and extremely wholesome. It also sets into motion a positive feedback – grounded in thoughtlessness you become less distractible and meditate better, which in turn still further discourages thoughts. This encourages you to meditate regularly; you are already becoming familiar with the mental states of deep inner peace and tranquility which is, by nature, independent of mental activities.
This is how meditation automatically injects discipline in your life and gives you a vastly improved ability to concentrate and focus – you are not easily distracted or “tempted”, putting it in layman’s words.
Important Tip: If you are having problem of excessive thinking during meditation, play a brainwave entrainment audio in the background.