September 2000 - The Space Between

September is the time of the equinox; the day and night are of equal length; there is a balance between dark and light. The equinox itself on September 22nd is a good time to experience the stillpoint, the space between, the pause, the moment when everything shifts, the space between breaths, seasons, the space between thoughts.

The meditation for this month is a simple one, to sit down quietly, follow the breath, and notice the spaces between thoughts, breaths, moments. As you allow the rhythm of your being to slow, as you notice the space between thoughts, breaths, moments, you become aware of thoughts arising in the mind, you become aware of the inhalation and exhalation of the breath. Don't try to control the breath or the thoughts. Just notice the spaces between, the moment of silence between one thought and another. The equinox is like that, a moment between thoughts, a stillpoint at the center of summer and fall, light and dark. Day and night are equal.

To meditate at dawn and/or dusk at the equinox can be a very powerful experience of emptying yourself. It is a time when one can energetically release negative energies, patterns, weights, that one has accumulated in the last six months, since the spring equinox. Sit down at dawn or dusk, any time during the month of September, but especially on the equinox, and set the intention that you wish to empty yourself of any weight that you many have accumulated from your experiences in the last six months. Imagine that as you breathe out, that accumulated weight is being released, and absorbed and transmuted by the vast universal energy. Allow yourself to notice the stillness that is there in you. There will be feelings, thoughts, sensations. All of that is activity, energy in motion. And yet as you simply sit quietly with yourself you will notice little moments of stillness, little moments in between. Each of those spaces is filled with vast potential. As you become aware of the activity of your mind, as you notice the stillness of your mind, you understand that there is a natural balance, a natural rhythm of stillness and activity that is always present. One's Awareness moves back and forth from a state of stillness to a state of activity. One's Awareness is the central point, one's Awareness is the balance.

Occasionally during your day of activity, stop, take a breath and just notice again the little space that is there before you exhale. Don't try to hold your breath. Just be there for a moment between inhalation and exhalation. And then as you exhale breathe out the tension of the moment, the day.

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This time is a time of finding balance, space, in little moments in little ways in the midst of a life that can seem chaotic, busy, fragmented, demanding.

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