The key to good practice of meditation and to getting deeper lies in practicing the right path consistently with proper attention. Once your teacher has shown you the right path and given you all the instructions you should start putting it into practice diligently. Practice everyday without worrying about the results – just keep creating the causes and leave the results up to mother nature.
It’s a leap of faith in the beginning. Take it, have faith and trust your own ability. Know in your heart that the proper results will manifest – you just don’t know how and when, and you don’t need to know. Without faith you will not succeed as your practice is not based on a stability of attitude. It is based on anxiety and worries instead – “Will I ever get it? Should I do this? Does the technique really work?”
Attention Creates Reality
Remember that your attention creates your reality as you go along and you can enhance your progress significantly by trusting your teacher, yourself and the technique deeply. Let me tell you straight that most people fail because they loose faith due to over thinking, anxiety and worries. They keep asking themselves whether they do it “right” or if “it works” etc.
Stay in touch with your teacher every now and then and talk about your practice. See if there are doubts and mention them honestly. Such a relationship with your meditation teacher is not a relationship between two philosophers – it’s a relationship purely based on correct practice and correct results. Not having such a good relationship with your teacher will not lead to progress and the path will dry out inevitably.
This practice of Samadhi needs consistent effort and great determination. You need to know why you are doing this – have a clear purpose. If you don’t really want to enter the deepest space of happiness and break free from the chains of conditioning and suffering you simply wont. You have to want it like you want water in the desert. You have to want it and let go of all expectations.
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Wonderful blog. Thanks you. This is extremely useful. I often tend to focus too much and have developed tension and pressure in my inner muscles around my eyes causing me great discomfort and often blurred vision after I come out of the meditative state. I’m trying to “undo” this unfortunate habit. I believe I simply take it too serious and want results so I “push” it along instead of letting it flow. I even started trying the slit-eyes technique where I barely have my eyes open focusing on a spot on the ground slightly before me, around 30 degrees. This alleviates the automatic pressure I put on my eyes (third eye). However, this isn’t ideal. After a long meditation I often have a headache, so now I spend a lot of time trying “not” to do this habit- I’m struggling for a solution.