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Humans are driven by their curiosity, seeking out new experiences, but what about experiencing absolutely nothing?
Nothingness, the state or condition of being nothing; nonexistence. A Western definition that defines death in the atheist sense, but in Eastern philosophies it’s something to strive for. For instance achieving nirvana in Buddhism. To me the experience of nothingness is a state of mind which allows relaxation at the highest level possible, since it stands to reason that nothingness also includes the absence of tension and anxiety, thus making it the most relaxing state of mind.
A few years ago I tried meditation for the first time, in an attempt to fall asleep more easily before exams and whatnot. It did work a bit, but I wasn’t quite satisfied, so I tried to improve the quality of the meditation and eventually achieved nothingness.
So how does it work? I’ll share my technique down below. Keep in mind that it takes time and discipline.
1. Before I start I always drink a cup or two of my special home made tea. It’s a thought suppressant and although the ingredients can be found on your kitchen shelf, it does technically classify as a drug. If you are against using any form of drugs, you can skip this part. To make one cup of the tea you’ll need:
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried lemon balm leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried sage leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried hop flowers
- 1 teaspoon of honey
The tea will work for two to three hours. Drink plenty of water beforehand, because it dehydrates the body a lot. Other than that it has no side-effects.
2. Assume a lotus position and place your hands on your knees palm side up. If you’re not flexible enough you can also just cross your legs.
3. Straighten your spine.
4. Close your eyes, take long slow breathes and disregard any physical and psychological stimuli.
5. Focus on your breathing and let go of your surroundings.
6. Let go of the concept of time, be in the moment.
7. Let go of the concept of space and matter, be in the nothing
8. Let go of the concept of life, be nothing
9. Remain in nothingness until you are completely relaxed.
10. Open your eyes and take in time, space and life again.
After the meditation you should keep feeling relaxed for awhile. And like I said, it will take time and discipline, but it’s totally worth it.