Q: Why do you begin each week of the West LA Satsang with 30 minutes of silent meditation? New MJ Awakening Blog

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MICHAEL: To sit quietly and observe one’s mind for an extended period is often uncomfortable. Why? Because when we are engaged in non-stop doing throughout our day, we are not consciously aware of just how noisy/busy our mind is, bouncing from thought, to thought, to thought like a “drunken monkey stung by bees.”

Meditation gives you a chance to notice this. While some report they don‘t like meditation because it’s “too hard,” the point is that it’s not the meditation that’s causing the mind to jump around, but rather it’s already jumping around all the time, you’re just finally becoming aware of it!

What to do? Just observe it. Don’t try to stop your thoughts or change them. Simply observe them. Why? To see they are not you. This is the point. And the more you see they are not you, the less reactive you will become as they lose their hold over you and the more relaxed and peaceful you become. It can also be helpful to repeat to yourself throughout the day:

“I am not my thoughts… I am the witness of them.”

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