I have been reading The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche.
Sogyal Rinpoche talks about all aspects of living and dying, and how working with various Meditation techniques will help us with both living and dying.
The author gives detailed instructions on how to meditate pointing out that the technique of meditation is not meditation but the process leading to meditation. I have found that we all get bogged down with the technique, and forget that the technique is just that the way we enable ourselves to meditate.
I particularly like this paragraph on the posture of meditation.
‘Sit, then, as if you were a mountain, with all the unshakable, steadfast majesty of a mountain. A mountain is completely natural and at ease with itself, however strong the winds that batter it, however thick the dark clouds that swirl around its peak. Sitting like a mountain, let you mind rise and fly and soar.’
To me this conjures up the image of being connected to the earth with all its strengths, knowing that whatever comes along I am strong, and because of this anchor when meditating my mind can expand to all that it is.
In another part of the book the author tells us to rest our minds in the vastness of the sky, to me this phrase give a great sense of freedom and liberation of the mind.
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is beautifully written; I know that this is a book that I will read time and time again and each time I will gain a new insight.
Extract from The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Kindle location 1427