FREE PDF booklet in Dionesia Rapposelli's (Soror ZSD23's) series on magic, mysticism, and higher spirituality. Meditation and Its Effects. Topics in this booklet include Raja Yoga, Mindfulness, Shamatha, How to meditate, Benefits of meditation, and Chakra and Kundalini lore. It is richly illustrated with my own original art work.
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Mindfulness East and West
|self portrait from my Spiritual ideal series|
The mind is naturally noisy and much of it runs like static on a TV screen or random code that comes up on a computer screen. It is sometimes like white noise or background noise and sometimes like a parrot or a little yapping dog.
In meditation, when done correctly, the images and thoughts that waft through consciousness will subside or become somewhat distant, like white noise. You will feel calmer and more focused in daily life because you simply have more room in consciousness to be present and aware.
Simple stretching and movement of the joints and also deep breathing or some basic breathing exercises, done briefly, are recommended to prepare for meditation.
- Cover the body with a shawl or blanket to keep warm (body temperature goes down during meditation). Keep the back and neck aligned and straight.
- Sit comfortably, even if this means you are sitting on a stool or chair.
- Postpone meditation if you are hungry or full, sleepy, anxious, depressed, or otherwise impaired.
- Meditate in the same place at the same time. That is, make it a routine if you wish to achieve results. The best hours of the day are the morning and evening (sunrise and sunset).
- Determine how much time you sit for meditation and keep to it even if you become drowsy or restless during that time.
- Observe rather than “fight” or be discouraged by sensations of noisiness, restlessness, boredom, or drowsiness.
Medea Sarin Sortiar would’ve had Mirelle doing all kinds of weird things—and gophering around as one of her handmaids if Mirelle had apprenticed with her. She would’ve been learning magic straight-away. It would’ve been dark and chaotic but magic nonetheless. There had yet to be magic or thought-forms, keys, or rites in Mirelle’s apprenticeship with Sofia La Maga. So far, the only thing that had happened was these long silent walks and hours of sitting meditation in which Mirelle felt the weight of time and the racket of her mind and brooded.
Emptying the mind is a dangerous thing precisely because it’s purgative. One sits expecting stillness that tames the tedium of time only to find that time is nothing more than the succession of thoughts. Even if they are muted, they persist nevertheless, like TV-screen static that hiss and scintillate annoyingly and are made of ions from the beginning of time.
Resolve, resting, the thoughts do not cease; they go far away, as if they were someone else’s property. That’s when a kind of serenity follows as a sense of balance yet awaiting the next wave.