Intention and Attachment -

In Vedic Meditation we’re instructed not to emphasize a particular outcome or a singular experience.

We have an intention to think our mantra, but we find it disappears spontaneously.  We’re left with silence or thoughts, or both one after the other.

We need to make a distinction between intention and attachment.  We have a preference to to think our mantra, and to come back to it once it gets replaced with some other thought or experience.  However, we’re not riveted to our mantra, meaning that we embrace a willingness to let it go it.  And when we let it go, we can have a variety of experiences – transcendence, thoughts, emotions, body twitches, visual experiences and more.

We’re not transcendence junkies, looking for our hit of complete silence in every moment of our sitting.  There’s a certain finesse involved – to find, based on experience, a balance between effort and nonchalance.

So our practice is ideally boils down to intention.

It’s like when you teach a child how to dive – you start by setting the initial conditions.  You say stand here like this, bend over like that, arms this way, and then gravity takes over.  It’s automatic.

In Vedic Meditation, we learn how to give the attention of the mind an inward orientation, instead of outward through our senses.

Mantra conditions the mind to have an inward orientation, then the natural tendency of the mind takes over.

Automatically, the attention is drawn toward the settled, quieter levels of the mind.

And we just let go.

Written By Christian Bevacqua.

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