“Do you meditate?” asks the teacher.
“Sometimes,” says the student.
“Well,” says the teacher, “then the answer is no.”
Meditation can be uncomfortable. Some believe it is a siddhi (superpower) in itself. Many of us haven’t developed a consistent practice due to various reasons, including the notion that we are meant to be thoughtless within the experience of meditation. We are confronted with just the opposite when we sit with ourselves in silence, easily getting caught up in the monkey mind of dramas, stories, and an array of shoulda/woulda’/coulda’s. It’s as if we become our own adversaries amid these self-projected stories.
Do you have a meditation practice?
Bagalamukhi, the eighth Wisdom Goddess (of the Dasha Mahavidyas) who is seated on a golden throne and draped in golden robes, is often worshipped for the attainment of occult powers, or to defeat one’s attackers. Yet, her most beautiful gift surpasses any super power in the material world. Her blessing is the actual turning point in one’s practice when one begins to fully accept “what is” rather than be stuck in the suffering for what “should be” – the advocate that lives within us all.
She is known as the “one who paralyzes speech,” but not just the speech of sound, rather the speech that encompasses all of expression. This included the process of thought (which can arise from the knowledge of experience), and learning – leading to memory (past) and imagination (future). These expressions can result in the automated labelling of everything that arises in us as good or bad.
Bagalamukhi facilitates the awakening to “what is.” When we invoke her, she silences this non-stop conflict of the limited perceptions of good and bad in the mind. She quiets all mental distractions – and it is this incredible gift of Grace that results in the stilling of the mind that is required to part the veils of our own illusion. And ultimately, acknowledging our own True Nature.
We invite you now, to take the next 10 minutes to sit silently with yourself.
Become aware of the thoughts that begin to flood your mind.
Without judgement, without labelling, just notice what arises.
When you find yourself caught up in any idea of what should be, including your practice…
See Bagalamukhi on her golden throne. See her as she takes away all expressions of speech.
And revel in her Silence of “what is.”
OM TAT SAT.
MEDITATION PRACTICE TIP: An effective way to begin a consistent meditation practice is to sit for 10-30 minutes each morning at wake up. You can light your altar and sit before it. Use a cushion to get comfortable in your sitting. Start simple with even 10 minutes, gradually increasing your sitting time weekly (or even just after a few days if it feels easeful). Set a gentle gong timer to bring you out softly. Remember, the key is commitment, not what it looks like. Just get on your cushion consistently, and more shall be revealed! OM.
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