Corazon Stone

White Space

Practicing Gentle Observation

I was rereading excerpts from a talk given by J. Krishnamurti
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He speaks of achieving a frictionless state of mind where all things resolve without wearing our minds out
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Are there tools and techniques available to put our minds at ease?
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We can begin with gentle observation
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Culturing a practice of passive observation establishes a baseline for nearly every other conceivable practice of self-awareness
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Our Intellect wishes to process, weigh and measure; Especially what we observe – and often very intensely during the early stages of our meditation practice
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Practicing a technique I call “expanding into white-space” allowed me to move towards gentle observation in many areas of my daily life
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For me, WhiteSpace is a zero-gravity, safety zone for thoughts and ruminations that may otherwise initiate emotional or psychological friction
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In my WhiteSpace I only observe and move through
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WhiteSpace isn’t always available to me – and when it isn’t, I simply move-on and don’t attempt to contrive the space
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I wasn’t always aware of there being within me a safety zone free from intellectual processing and classification
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I read several Yoga texts suggesting one sharpen their focus on their next thought and the thought itself will dissipate
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That particular method did not achieve the desired result for me, so I developed an exaggerated version
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In my method I practiced Kapalabhati while sitting in lotus
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Directly after each repetition, I prepared myself to “pounce” on my next thought
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I sat poised and ready, like a panther coiled and ready to explode on his prey
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Magically, mystically, the thought didn’t come
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Once it was clear I was able to be a host to “no thought whatsoever”, even for an instant – I began expanding into this WhiteSpace
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I experimented with different practices to create, expand and enlogate the WhiteSpace
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This is one of my most powerful practices – hope it aides you in culturing Gentle Observation and a frictionless mind
#~j~#