Meditation for the Love of it: The Space Between the Breaths

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The Kashmiri sage Kshemaraja, in his book Pratyabhijna Hridayam (The Heart of Recognition), offered in just a few words one of the great mystical secrets, saying that the way to experience the fullness of the ultimate reality is to expand the madhya, or the center.
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Madhya is a technical term for the still point between two phases of movement.
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When a pendulum swings, there is a fraction of a moment at the end of each swing when the movement stops, before the pendulum begins to swing back.
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That moment of pause is the madhya, the central still point out of which the pendulum’s movement arises.
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All movement—whether the swing of an axe, the movement of the breath, or the flow of thought—arises out of such a point of stillness.
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That still point is an open door into the heart of the universe, a place where we can step into the big Consciousness beyond our small consciousness.
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As the medieval English saint Julian of Norwich wrote, “God is at the midpoint between all things.”
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Tripura Rahasya, a wonderful text of Vedanta, calls these pregnant still points “fleeting samadhis.”
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Such points exist at many different moments.
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One of these is the pause between sleeping and waking, the moment when we first wake up before we become fully conscious.
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Another is the moment before a sneeze or at the high point of a yawn.
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One response to this post.

  1. This is beautiful! Thankyou 🙏🏻

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