You don’t have to sit on a cushion with a straight back to do your meditation, you can do it in every situation at any time. While waiting in line at the supermarket you can be in a state of awareness, observing everything in and around you with a silent mind.
Observe and let go.
We are born in a body full of desire, pain and fear. We cope somehow but it takes a lot of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, drugs, medication and therapy and all kinds of entertainment to keep us going…
Every day we go through all kind of emotions like fear, anger, sadness, disappointment… We don’t have the time to digest every single emotion and that’s how they can accumulate into an emotional crisis.
Every emotion is a wonderful experience even if it is a very unpleasant one you should not make the mistake to ignore it or to suppress it. Take a closer look even if it can be very confronting. Sooner or late you are going to be confronted anyway.
We live in a world full of danger and temptation as if someone threw us into this situation on purpose, just to see how we cope. Life is a struggle and we go through much trouble…
Life can be very disappointing, most wishes and desires remain unfulfilled. You may find some comfort in alcohol, nicotine or drugs, enough to keep you going…
A better way to manage your emotional life is to find distraction in work or sport. But that also is just another escape from the anxiety in your inner most core. Somewhere deep inside things become more and more complicated.
How to look in to this turmoil?
We have the ability to sense into our being. Not with mind but with awareness. It is a basic yoga exercise to sense into every part of the body in surge for muscular tension. You are not aware of muscular tensions until you notice them. In the moment you become aware of the tension, you will almost automatically let it go.
The moment you sense into the body, mind disappears in the background. Sensing is something you do with awareness it is not the same brain activity as thinking. You can’t think into your body. Thinking and awareness are opposite to each other, like day and night.
Where are our feelings located?
To sense into your desires and anxiety, you have to know where to find them. You think a lot about your feelings, so you may assume that they are located in the head but that is not so. The actual emotion or emotional blockade is in the belly, in your emotional center.
Fear, anger, lovesickness, sadness, addiction, depression… are tied to thoughts, memories and expectations. That’s why we try to manage our emotions in the head. But if you want to observe the actual feeling you have to sense into your emotional center which is located in the belly. Here is where your anxiety is and here is where you are suppressing it with food, alcohol, nicotine etc.
It takes some patience, endurance and courage to take a closer look at the anxiety deep inside. It can be a very confronting experience but no one else can do it for you.
Life is a struggle, a challenge and a possibility to find deeper awareness and fulfillment overflowing from within.
Hi, my name is Sjef Hoefs. I started my search for enlightenment when I was 30 years old. After a few years I gave up the idea ever to find it but I didn’t give up the search because it brought so many good, so many insights.
23 years later I was in a most miserable state, a deep depression. It was then when I decided to make a meditation out of that situation, I sensed inside as deep as possible. It was very frightening, at some point I had to make a choice: turn back or drown in the darkness. I decided that there was no way back and went into the darkness… The situation collapsed…I found enlightenment.
My message is very simple: Sense into the Belly
There is consciousness in the mind and there is consciousness in the belly, in the emotional center. Mind and belly are constantly interacting, making life very complicated. In meditation you can separate one from another, mind will become silent and your soul will be overflowing from within with love and wisdom. This is what I call enlightenment.
It sounds very simple but like I said, things have become very complicated: the mind is fighting with all kinds of thoughts and the belly is full of different emotions competing with each other. You have to put some patience and effort in your meditation and by and by things will become transparent.
Why did I call this meditation “Universal Soul Meditation”? We all feel gravity in our own way but there is only one gravity, one love, one pain, one soul.
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