Category: Sky Mind

Open Awareness by Joseph Goldstein

 

 

This morning we’re going to do a guided meditation.

Affectionally known as the “Big Mind” meditation.

And so, sit in a, comfortable, but reasonably straight posture.

 

We begin by opening to sounds.

And may occasionally ring the bell, because it’s so quiet, give you a sound to pay attention to.

 

But first just open to sound.

The sound of my voice.

The occasional distinct sound that may arise.

And even the sound of silence.

Staying soft, relaxed, receptive.

Not looking for anything.

Simply being open to the sounds that appear.

 

Let’s the mind be at ease.

Relaxed.

Open to whatever arises in the realm of sound.

 

Notice how effortlessly, each sound is known in the moment it appears.

The knowing is not anticipating.

It’s not lagging.

Let the mind become like the Big Sky. Empty Sky. Empty Space.

Different sounds appearing, changing and vandishin in the open space of the mind.

 

Mind is open, receptive, aware of the sound of my voice.

The other sounds that may appear.

Sound of silence.

It’s not looking for sound.

Rather it’s simply opening to them.

 

Mind is like open space.

Sounds appear and disappear.

In this open emptiness of mind.

 

And open to different sensations that arise and appear

Sensations are points in feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

There’s no solid body.

There’s no back or knees.

Only points of sensation.

Points of feeling.

Appearing and disappearing in the open emptiness of mind.

There’s no inside. No outside.

No boundaries of separation.

Only sounds, sensations, appearing and disappearing in the open space of mind.

 

There’s no solid body.

Or head or shoulders, back or chest.

Arms or legs.

Only particular points of senaation.

Points of feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

Appearing and changing the open empty space of mind.

 

Notice how effortlessly how each sound is know the moment it appears.

Notice how effortlessly each sensation is known in the moment it appears.

Be aware of thoughts and images like clouds in the sky.

Just appearing and disappearing in the open empty space of mind.

Theres’ no inside, no outside, no boundaries of separation.

Just sounds, sensations, thoughts and images, hearing and dissolving in the empty openness of mind.

 

Not wanting, not looking.

Simply resting in the empty aware space of mind.

As sounds appear.

Sensations appear as points of feeling.

Thoughts and images appear.

Rest and ease the weary mind.

There’s no solid body.

No head, no shoulders.

No back, no chest.

No arms or hands or legs or feet.

Only points of sensation. Points of feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

Appearing and changing in the open empty space of mind.

No wanting, no doing.

All experience appears and changes and disappears by itself.

Experience directly your own mind.

It’s invisible.

Clear.

Without color, without form.

Directly experience your own mind.

Empty, open.

It is but it doesn’t exist.

Experience directly your own mind.

Knows all things but is not composed of them.

Unformed.

Unborn.

Directly experience your own mind.

 

Experience directly your own mind.

Can’t be seen.

Can’t be touched.

No color, no form.

Empty like space.

It knows all appearances but is not composed of them.

Looking for it…there’s nothing to find.

And yet it knows all things.

Experience directly your own mind.

 

There’s no inside, no outside.

No boundaries or separation.

Only sounds, sensations, thoughts and images.

Hearing and changing.

In the empty openness of mind.

 

There’s no solid body, no head or shoulders, back or chest.

Arms or legs.

Only points of sensation.

Points of feeling.

Like stars in the night sky.

Appearing and changing in the open emptiness of mind.

 

Experience directly your own mind.

Look for it, there’s nothing to find.

Open, empty.

Without color, without form.

It is but it doesn’t exist.

Directly experience your own mind.

It knows all things but isn’t composed of them.

Unformed, unborn.

 

Experience directly your own mind.

The cognizing power of emptiness.

There’s no inside or outside.

No boundaries.

No separation.

Sounds, sensations, thoughts and images.

Known immediately the moment that they appear.

 

Sounds appear, sensations appear, thoughts and images appear in the empty openness of mind.

There’s nothing to do, nothing to be, nothing to have.

 

Sounds are known.

Known by what?

Experience directly the nature of mind.

Empty, open.

No color, no form.

The cognizing power of emptiness.

 

No inside, no outside.

No boundaries, no separation.

Just sounds, sensations, thoughts and images.

Appearing and changing in the empty open space of mind.

 

If you found this helpful at all.

Simply including the visual field as another appearance of mind.

It’s just like sound or sensation.

Sights are being known.

Color or form is being known.

If you didn’t find it helpful, forget about it.

 

Open Awareness by Jack Kornfield

 

This morning I’d like to do a guided meditation for the instructions working with the sense of sound and space.

If the way that you’re practicing the skillful means of your practice is most helped by staying in your body, connected to the breath very closely, or the sensations and you have a sense that sound and space is not necessarily the right focus that’s also fine.

But as we’ve talked about and as I’ve talked about, even last night, the sense of resting in awareness.

This is a meditation that invites that possibility for you.

So letting yourself sit comfortably and at easy

It’s helpful for this practice that the body be still, allow your eyes to be closed gently, and just as you have initially paid attention to breath or body sensations, for the establishment of awareness.

In this practice let go o the initial focus of breath and body sensations and instead bring your awareness to the play of sound. To the door of the ear which receives vibrations and sounds and in a relaxed and easy way begin simply by listening.

 

There are soft sounds in the room.

Distant sounds.

The sounds of these words appearing and disappearing.

The sound of bells.

And as you listen, relax into the space of listening.

Into the space of awareness itself.

The bells arise and vanish.

The words appear and disappear.

Listen as well to the silence between sounds.

 

And as you listen, let yourself begin to sense or feel or imagine any way you can that your mind is not limited to the size of your head.

That the mind is open and vast like space or sky.

Let yourself feel or imagine that the mind is as big as this room.

As big as the whole sky.

And the sounds that you hear.

These words.

The soft sounds in the background.

The silence and bells.

Arise and pass like clouds or bubbles in the vast open space of mind.

 

Relax into spaciousness in its true state.

The mind is transparent.

Timeless.

Open like the sky.

Allowing for everything.

Containing all things yet not limited by them.

Timeless.

Being of the voids.

To know if this is so or not, rest in the space of awareness.

Relax into it.

Trust it.

The sounds come easily appearing and disappearing like clouds.

And the sky remains at ease.

 

And as you relax I spacious awareness.

Just as sounds appear and disappear.

Notice too how images and thoughts arise.

Word thoughts.

Picture thoughts.

Appear like clouds.

Arise for a moment.

Display themselves.

Images. Sentences.

And then vanish leaving no trace.

The mind is like space.

Vast, open, uncompounded, untroubled by what arises and passes.

Receiving all things as awareness itself.

The space that knows.

Completely at rest.

Vast and silent.

 

Words appear and disappear.

And thoughts and images arise like clouds and then vanish.

Rest in the space of awareness.

Relax into it.

Trust it.

 

Sounds appear and disappear.

Arising like clouds and passing away.

Thougts and images arise in the same vast sky.

Appearing for a time and dissolving leaving the sky open, vast, and silent.

Notice too emotions and feelings that may arise like weather, joy, or ease, delight, calm.

Sadness, fear, frustration, longing, love.

Like weather appearing in the sky.

Emotions too arise, are felt and known, exist for a time, and pass away.

Just as sounds come and go.

So too emotions.

Like clouds or bubbles arise for a time.

Rest in the vast sky of awareness.

Trust it.

Relax into it.

 

Sounds come and go.

Thoughts and images appear and disappear.

Moods and emotions like weather arise for a time and pass away.

The mind is vast like space without boundaries — transparent, open.

Allowing for all things yet not limited by them.

Rest in this innate awareness.

Silent and vast.

Notice too, that within the vast sky of mind, the space of awareness, while there are sensations of the body there is no solid body.

 

No head.

No limbs or torso.

Just a field of sensations that float and slowly change in the sky of mind.

Warm and cool areas of vibration and pressure.

Of hard and soft.

Tingling. Pleasure, painful sensations, tensions.

If you’ve sense the body from the sky of awareness.

It is a field of vibration, pulsing, tingling.

With space in and around it.

Nothing solid.

A flow of sensations and experience.

And the breath itself moves like a breeze in space.

No inside or outside.

Just a slow dynamic change of sensations of breath.

Floating in the vast space of mind.

 

Sounds come and go.

Sensations float and slowly change.

The breath moves like a breeze.

Thoughts and feelings arise like clouds.

Appear for a time and vanish.

Rest in the vast space of mind.

Silent, transparent.

Awareness itself.

Trust it.

It is your own true nature.

It is home.

 

Open, silent.

And allow a sense of compassion to fill the vast space.

For all the times you forget who you really are.

Get contracted to small. To self. Frightened. Worried.

And know that this vast mind and heart is just a breath, a moment away.

Relax into it.

Trust it.

Let it become a compassionate and loving awareness to hold all the troubles of your life.

With graciousness and space.

And feel how this loving awareness spreads out vast like the sky

To receive all that arises and passes with the natural awareness and the great heart of metta.

You sit as the Buddha.

Wise and loving.

And know that this is your home.

 

And even as you open your eyes, allow the vast sense of space with appearances of sights.

Arising, remain with the vastness.

And the stillness.

Of loving awareness.

Vast as space.