Strengthening the mind is not done by making it move around as is done to strengthen the body, but by bringing the mind to a halt, bringing it to rest.
~No Ajahn Chah

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Who Am I?

Sit with your spine straight or lie flat on the floor on your back. Close your eyes and take a few moments to become quiet and still. Relax your body and allow yourself to become intimately aware of your breathing. Observe the natural flow of breath in and out of your body.

Then put aside everything you think you know about who you are and ask yourself the question, "Who am I?" Ask the question but do not answer it. Instead, feel the answer. Feel who you are. Feel the energy of you. Answer not in words but in the direct experience of the energy that you are. When your attention wanders from this very personal self-experiencing and you notice yourself thinking other thoughts, ask yourself, "Who is thinking this? Who is having this thought?" The answer will always be "I am." Then ask yourself again, "But who am I?" Then again immerse yourself in the feeling-tone truth of you.

When you notice yourself suddenly aware of a particular sound or sensation, your attention pulled away from the feeling, ask yourself "Who is hearing this sound? Who is experiencing this sensation?" The answer will always be, "I am." Then again ask, "But who am I?" And again blend with the feeling-tone truth of you. Find out who you are through direct experience. Keep bringing your conscious awareness back into the conscious experience of you in the now.

There is no adequate mental answer to the question. The vibrant silence is the answer. And so, be still and know.


Courtesy of Erich Shiffman

Seated Yoga

Seated yoga positions such as the lotus, half lotus, or perfect pose (siddhasana) will help make your mind be more alert, allow your motor organs to rest and create a peaceful base for meditation. These positions may seem difficult at first, but they will become much easier with practice and help deepen your meditation.

You can sit on a chair or on the floor or cushions with legs crossed comfortably, just be sure you are sitting on fabric made of natural fibers, such as wool or silk, to limit the downward pull of the earth's currents

According to the Dalai Lama, your spine should as straight as an arrow while meditating. In addition, your chest should be raised, your head erect, and eyes should be closed. Your palms should be facing the sky in your lap and it is best that they are placed where your thighs meet your abdomen. The small of your back should be slightly curved and your neck should be long. Don't shut your eyes too tightly; let them remain relaxed with the lids hanging loosely.


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