Meditation Column: Separating from the stream of thought

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Separation refers to the dividing of one thing from another or numerous things from numerous things. You may think of it as an instance or a moment when this separates from that or the separation of objects, people, societies, etc. Separation may also refer to a process or method in which something whole is converted into two or more distinct materials. We separate from each other, our jobs, negativity, positivity, etc. The student of meditation takes on practices that separate themselves from the repetitive, often overwhelming functions of their conditioned, programmed minds.

The teacher sat quietly observing the functions of their mind as they quieted themselves, preparing for their next lesson. As they sat there still (meditating), a vision of themselves as the mentor came to mind. They saw themselves in their mind giving the lesson of the day. For a moment, they acknowledged that part of them was observing the thinking as separate from the part of them doing the thinking. That acknowledgment, that awareness of the observing-self separate from the thinking mind is a result of meditation. Conscious awareness. Meditation sets the stage for the separation of our true selves from the independent, repetitive workings of our minds. It is through this separation that true presence is experienced, which includes awareness of the separateness of our true being from the workings of our minds.

A meditation on separation, try it out here and there, if and when it comes to mind, or not. As you practice (focusing your attention on something while you observe the stream of thought), bring your awareness to the separation of your observing presence from the stream of thought. For example, you may say to yourself, “I am aware of that part of me that is observing the thought stream and I am aware as that part of me (my conscious being) separates from the stream. I am allowing the stream without interference, judgment, etc. and aware of any interference, if it comes. Conscious of the separation of being and thought.”

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