“Well I lost my pride, with this body of mine….in another land, I began to understand.” –Awolnation
My computer is on it’s last legs and it wasn’t letting me post on Day 6…..just have to roll with the punches and work with what I have. 🙂
Last night I reached an incredibly deep state of meditation, I felt that I was floating above my body and in this formless land. It was just bright white light and I was absorbed by it and it felt so peaceful. It was pure love and peace I felt, it was amazing. I had to open my eyes though because at one point, I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to get back into my body. However, I know that to reach this state is not the point of meditation, I somewhat lost myself and lost my concentration.
In the book “Small Boat Great Mountain” by Amaro Bhikkhu, this subject gets touched upon:
“Incidentally, this is why in Buddhist meditation circles there’s often a warning about deep states of absorption. When one is in one, it can be very difficult to develop insight–much more so than when the mind is somewhat less intensely concentrated…..in cosmological terms, the best place for liberation is in the human realm. There’s a good mixture of suffering and bliss, happiness and unhappiness here. If we are off in the deva realms, it’s difficult to become liberated because it’s like being at an ongoing party….up in the brahma realms it’s even worse. Who is going to come back down to grubby old earth and deal with tax returns and building permits?”
This made a lot of sense to me because I felt so incredibly good in the state I was in that I almost didn’t want to go back into my body, but I was also having a bit of fear because I felt so detached, it was so foreign to me that I wasn’t sure what would happen next. While this plane of existence on Earth is really tough, with all of the pain, suffering, dirt and grime….it is also gorgeous and absolutely wonderful at times. I am not ready to leave this plane of existence, I have a lot to learn yet….