When I first read about witnessing or watchfulness a decade back, I knew this is what I was looking for. Since I was 5 years I loved meditating , I would love to sit with myself for hours, listening to the instrumentals or guided meditation commentaries or pray. Alas! I was not enjoying the method. And as I was growing my inquisitiveness to know the right technique or to understand what meditation is , was intensifying. I knew I wasn’t doing something right. Because even after hours of meditation I would not feel good or happy or joyous.
A decade back I read about watchfulness, the first step of meditation. And my heart knew this was my technique. And not knowing much, I started diving deeply into what watchfulness was.
Watchfulness is actually a key to taking you beyond the mind, the last step of meditation.
Meditation is simple. It has nothing to do with music, external guidance , commentaries , chanting , praying , etc. Meditation is not an action. Meditation means simply being present to all that is occurring as it is occurring so that you come out of the incessant chatter of your mind. It’s the mind which is the cause of all the suffering and misery . Meditation takes you out of the chatter of the mind by being watchful of it.
In other words , meditation starts with watchfulness. Being watchful of all that you can watch and knowing the one who’s is watching is you . Being watchful of everything you can watch and knowing that all that you can watch is not you but separate form you. This awareness that all that you are watching is not you , is separate from you , slowly starts to take you out of the jails of your mind.
You can watch your body , hence you ain’t your body
You can watch your thoughts, that means you are not your thoughts
and because you can watch your feelings or emotions , you ain’t even your feelings or emotions
you are the observer , the watcher , who’s separate from your body , thoughts , feelings or emotions . This experience of watching the separation between you and your body/thoughts/feelings or emotions , push you into a space of nothingness , introducing you to the true you.
The more you stay watchful , the more you are not your mind or body and you would only be YOU ( the observer or the watcher ) . This experience where you have come out of the affects of mind by watching it , and only you have remained is meditation.
when only you remain, you become in oneness with all that is.
And the grass grows by itself .
You simply watch.
If meditation is calling you out , take few moments where you are not disturbed , sit back and relax , start to watch . Watch your thoughts , and don’t try to stop them , don’t judge them . Just watch them . Let them come . Do not intervene in its coming or going , let them come as they are , you simply stay present as a witness . Simply watch. When you start to watch , you would notice them disappearing and you will experience the space of nothingness where nothing but only you are present as a witness,
this is meditation
Where nothing else exists , except YOU .
Because here the grass grows by itself 🙂