The space in between words, the pause between songs, the brief moment when there is no noise, just silence and space. I look for moments of stillness. I like the transitions between yoga poses. I watch for the pause between my breaths and I love the space between my thoughts.
Discovering a Spacious Mind through Mindfulness and Awareness
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In this context, disruption is about disrupting the graspings and fixations of mind. If we want to work with these unhelpful habits, the first step is to notice and disrupt them, that is, to change their course. We can disrupt the karmic flow of our minds. When we do, we find that space opens up. With time and practice, we realize that the space, the gaps, are much bigger than we ever imagined. At first, we experience them as short breaks between thoughts. And all the thoughts that come, however many there may be, cannot obscure the gap. And exactly the same thing goes on in our lives. We get tunnel vision that restricts what we see.
What is the Space Between Thoughts?
Running here and there. Pre-occupied with this and that. Swept away by one thought or another. We barely have time enough to notice time passing, never mind the preposterous proposition, dare I say, to notice not just our thoughts, but the space around them: a momentary peripheral reverberation, an infinitesimal synaptic break between cognitions, the very slightest of pauses, a hiccup in the assembly line of thought production, when thought-after-thought-after-thought finally cease cascading like dominoes, responsible for the myopic blur that so often stands against our yearning for greater sanity. Our addiction to the grasping tendency of mind causes us to overlook the spaces around thoughts, the felt penumbra that gives our experience its subtle beauty and meaning. Neglecting these fluid spaces within the mindstream contributes to a general tendency to over-identify with the contents of our mind, and to assume that we are the originator and custodian of them.
The Way of Meditation Blog. Sep 30, The first state of consciousness is the waking state we all know, while the second and third are the dream state and dreamless sleep. The fourth state of consciousness is thoughtless awareness. You can bring true perspective and balance into your life by moving towards this fourth state. So how do we access this state? People are often surprised to find there is a gap — which is a huge realisation that thoughts are not all that exists in their mind; there is also this thing called awareness.