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dwai
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Some of my spiritual friends and I have been meeting almost every night for about an hour, to meditate. It is very interesting that we are able to easily connect with each other irrespective of the physical distance between each other, simply by tuning our awareness on the others. The result is a big surge of energy and entry into a deep stillness/silence. 

Two of my friends and I have been at it for a while now, and two others joined in after being told by our master to join us. They struggle a bit conceptually because the process is so alien to them.

Typically when we conceptualize meditation, we think of eyes closed, sitting or standing, and even moving (if it is the qigong/taijiquan type of meditation). There is always some doing. But in our meditation, we rest in silence/stillness with absolutely nothing to do vis-a-vis meditation. And we might not even maintain silence, as we abide in the stillness as the backdrop, and still manage to have conversations, discuss details of the wisdom traditions. 

So one friend decided to ask Master about this underlying silence/stillness/emptiness that is revealed when we focus our attention on it. Master said (and I paraphrase what my friend told me), "It is the Big Dao...it is also your own Being". 

 

In Vedantic tradition, this stillness/silence is the Self within in which all phenomena rise and fall. 

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Interestingly, this is sort of similar to what we do in our group meditations 🙂 

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Naveed Chaudhry
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Well i'm more of a solo meditator but I find that if I am near other life forms, even ants/insects, I feel very close to them as physical difference seems to quickly fade away. All that's left is awareness, same among all beings, it's just the latent tendencies and the senses that display difference. After that most critters tend not to bother me even if I'm sitting outside. That feeling/experience seems to be somewhat related to this concept. I can imagine how meditating with others at the same time can kind of build a connection that disregards physical distance, as imo physical distance/phenomenon don't really mean much for a spiritual practitioner.

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I think on this note, this can also relate to the 'spiritual presence' that people mention when meeting advanced practitioners or enlightened people. A deep sense of coherence and connectivity just flowing off that person at all times...

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