Last week we talk about 1) New identity Part 1 : Less self-centered, 2) Inner quietness and
3) Enhanced interconnection with others. Here are other traits of the new awakened self.
Empathy and Compassion:
The sense of connection described last week is closely linked to the high levels of empathy and compassion associated with spiritual awakening. When we’re connected to other living beings — animals and the natural world, we’re able to sense what they’re feeling and experiencing,
If they’re suffering, we sense it and feel the impulse to comfort them or try to alleviate their pain because the interconnection exists.
This is the first of 7 talks about awakening: towards new self (2), new mind (2), new life (2) and new world.
Awakening is not adding something divine to what you are but simply removing what you think you are.
1) A new identity away from our egocentric one:
When we experience spiritual awakening, one common sign is that our inner life changes. There’s a shift in how we feel inside. This shift changes us so profoundly that, we feel as if we have a new and less egocentric identity….as if we have been somewhat reborn.
It may not even be a noticeable symptom or sign of spiritual awakening, except in retrospect.
Meditation: How can I stop my thoughts while meditating?
How can I stop my thoughts? “, “ Should I try to stop thinking?” “ How to empty my mind?”
How to deal with our thoughts and feelings is one of the biggest challenges in meditation and in life in general.
Most of us coming to meditation read that meditation will clear the mind and make it quiet and still.
But, after few sessions of sitting meditation you realize that your own experience comes closer to rocking back and forth between ongoing thinking, worrying that you should not be thinking, struggling to stop your thoughts or trying to empty your mind. This is a wrong approach and source of absolute failure & quitting. (more…)