This will be a short post but Dean and I are very excited to be getting on a plane tonight for Costa Rica where we will take part in a week long Chant and Tantra retreat with our dear friends Deva Premal and Miten and their fabulous flute player Manose. This is literally the first vacation we have taken that wasn’t part of a business trip. The setting will be at the exquisite Blue Spirit Resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. We are all packed and ready with our various techno tools, cameras, recording devices, iPad, etc. Oh did I say vacation. Well we are ardent videographers and photographers so that part of it is fun. Along with yoga, meditation, swimming in the ocean, walking on the beach – this will be a welcome respite for us. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos. We hope to come back with renewed energy and with lots of media and musical inspirations to share with you.
A primordial clear light mind
Is something that we all have within us.
It is not something external to us.
It is on this basis that we can attain enlightenment
When we can see, straightforwardly and non-conceptually,
the nature of our clear light mind
and remain totally absorbed on this nature
without ever regressing from it we have become a Buddha
– The Gelug/Lagyu tradition of Mahamudra
What is this Pure Light Mind that the scripture above speaks of? Is this something attainable by us mortals or only available to the realm of the Buddha and the Christ? Modern scientists recognize that our DNA emits light in the form of photons. So even on the physical level, it is understood that we are made up of light. Fortunately, many people across the ages have been able to access this aspect of their divine mind though their steadfast practice of meditation. So, although it may take some time and of course personal discipline, there are tools that can help you in your own quest. The goal of our meditation should be to move us closer to seeing clearly the nature of our mind which is ultimately pure light. Through meditation, we can hope to remove the impediments to this light by letting go of that which causes our suffering – clouds of worry, fear, anger, hatred, envy, craving and self-doubt. As we let go of these negative emotions, we make way for a more compassionate, joyful and expansive state of being. Through a regular meditation practice, we can expect to reach a state of inner peace and move that much closer to the realization our divine self.
Do you have trouble clearing your mind of worrisome or busy thoughts? Fortunately music has been found to help the process. Here are some of Soundings of the Planet’s meditation albums.