Most people know that when it comes to disengaging from one’s thoughts, the best tool you can have in your toolbox is meditation. And although the point isn’t to dissociate from one’s experience, meditation sure does make it a lot easier to witness, rather than react to it.
And why would this be helpful? Because when a person isn’t in a state of reaction, real progress can be made. A clear mind free from fear not only benefits those around a person, but is also a good exercise in self-love.
Deepak Chopra takes a look at how meditation can be used to “go beyond” in this recent Care 2 post. Using the analogy of waves in an ocean to represent the transient nature of our thoughts, Chopra discusses how calm waves can appreciate they are part of something greater (the ocean); the same hold true with meditation’s ability to quiet one’s thoughts to help a person connect to something greater than themselves.
Thoughts are like ocean waves. Rising and falling, they see only their own motion. They say, “I am a wave,” but the greater truth, which they don’t see, is, “I am ocean.” There is no separation between the two, whatever the wave might suppose. When the wave settles down, then it instantly recognizes that its source in ocean – infinite, silent, unchanging – was always there.
When the mind is thinking, it is all activity; when it stops thinking, it returns to its source in silence. Only then, when the mind touches pure awareness, will the real storehouse of Veda be located.
The experience of Veda therefore is not ancient or even particularly Indian. It is universal and can be had at any moment by any person. The whole trick is not to move horizontally, which is how the stream of consciousness normally moves, but to sink vertically.
Read more from Chopra on using meditation to transcend one’s thoughts and go vertical here.