During the summer of 1998, Ben began to notice an internal rising of unrest. Dismissing these sensations he pushed forward with very little conscious attention given, little did he know, that the demise of life as he knew it, had begun.
After a long period of depression, he became conscious of a very different world surfacing. With fresh impetus & a passion for knowledge growing, Ben attended seminars, weekly classes & began studying a wide range of spiritual subject matter from meditation to non-duality, including teachings from Jiddu Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi & Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj amongst others, educating himself taking a different view to life.
Meditation has been developed in Eastern cultures & has a documented history of more than several thousand years. Eastern meditative techniques have been developed, trialled & refined over hundreds of generations with the specific intention of developing a method by which the layperson can regularly attain a state of mental peace & tranquillity, ie. relief from stress. It is a strategy that can easily be adapted to the needs of clinicians and their patients in the West.
Despite all its popularity, today very few of us truly know what meditation is. Some regard meditation as the mental concentration on something, others consider that we meditate when we imagine something that gives us peace or satisfaction. All these methods are being with one goal, to slow down & eventually, completely stop the incessant activity of our minds.
The action or practice of meditation is frequently described & understood as the following.
contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, prayer, deliberation, study, rumination, cogitation, brooding, mulling over, reverie, brown study, concentration, speculation, rare celebration.
A written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.
Non-Duality or Enlightenment:
In short, the imaginary separate self is always seeking peace, happiness & love in an outside object, other or world. However, the separate self cannot find peace, happiness & love because its apparent existence is the veiling of it. At the same time peace, happiness & love is all the separate self seeks.
True knowledge is the experiential understanding that there is only ever-present, unlimited Awareness or Knowing. Nothing other than this is ever known even when it seems that a mind, body & world are known. This ever-present, unlimited Awareness, which is simply the intimacy of our own being, is the fundamental nature of the apparently inside self & its corollary, the apparently outside object, other or world.
The realisation of this truth dissolves the beliefs in distance, separation & otherness. The common name we give to this absence of distance, separation & otherness is love & beauty. It is that for which everyone longs – not just those of us that are interested in non-duality but all seven billion of us.