Wilderness Insight Meditation teaches us to identify with the spaciousness of our awareness through attention to each exhalation or outbreath. Some meditation teachers call this "mixing mind with space." This is, of course, the exact opposite of our usual habit of constricting around our own thoughts and emotions, especially those that cause us - and others - a great deal of suffering. Instead, during meditation, we watch in absolute amazement as these same thoughts and emotions emerge as though out of nowhere, like echoes with no original word ever spoken! Accordingly, whenever a thought or emotion arises during meditation, we gently label it "Echo; echo," and then allow it to fall back into the vast awareness out of which it originally arose. Here we might imagine that the Great Beyond - God, the Transcendent, Tunkasila, The Beloved, the Ultimate Mystery - was just about to speak a love-word into the world. However, before "he" could ever speak this word, he lost himself in blissful, self-emptying love into the vast spaces of sky and landscape, and into the spaciousness of our own inner mind and heart. And yet - and HERE is the utter magic of the meditation process - ECHOES of that never-spoken Word appear at the root of our thoughts and emotions ANYWAY!
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Photo: Pronghorn Antelope lying in a field, with Greyrock and the Mummy Range looming in the distance; Larimer County, CO, October 24, 2015
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.