“We have tried all kinds of meditation techniques. We are still conflicted, neurotic, unfulfilled. We sit down exhausted from our efforts, dispirited. We throw out the whole idea of meditating. We give up.
And there we are. We have finally come to where we are. Where we are is meditation. Wherever we are. There is no entry and no exit. There is no doing and no not doing. There is no technique, no result, no power, no experience.
The meditation of where we are is not even spiritual. It is life itself, moving of its own accord, fluid, quiet, beautiful, and self fulfilled.
Where we are, there is no meditator, only meditation. There is no thinker, only thought there is no doer, only action. There is no lover, only love.
We do not need a special time or place to be where we are. We do not need to retreat, to isolate, in order to be where we are. We do not need anything. We need nothing.
Nothing is what is necessary to be where we are. We are all meditation masters. This is our birthright. Most of us don’t realise this. That is our curse. Realise it. Relax. Recognise where you are.
What is this actuality we have happened upon, not so much through our efforts but despite them?
We have not been able to discover actuality with our highly trained minds. We have only found more mind interpreting mind, interpreting mind, ad infinitum. We have not been able to find actuality through our vast collection spiritual practices. We have only found behaviour and belief. We have been looking to actuality in all the wrong places.
Now we have happened upon it, here, just now.
Is actuality so simple and so available? If we stop trying, stop doing, stop pushing and shoving our experiences around while trying to make them into something, does actuality unfold before us in the simple act of being?
Actuality is the remainder, the bare, fundamental, uninterpreted quality that we naturally apprehend when the interpreter, the “me” is silent. Actuality is thought without identification of a thinker. It is pleasure and pain, as the feelings occur, without the distortion of our desperate urgency to find one and avoid the other.
But even the urgency, the distortion, the avoidance is actuality, because this is part of our world and can only be understood if it, too, is seen without comment or conceptualisation. Actuality includes the conceptual world, which acts to distort, as much as it includes the silence, which clarifies what is distorted.
Actuality is not simply the phenomenon that occurs but it is the very nature of the observer of this phenomenon. In actuality, there is no observer. In actuality, there is only the phenomenon.
To find actuality, try to find the self, the “me” who is commenting and interpreting. Of course, this “me” cannot be found, because the me does not exist-in actuality.
In the astonishment of not finding this “me” anywhere, we may stumble upon actuality.”
Author – Steven Harrison – Getting to where you ARE. http://www.doingnothing.com/