I took the family to the Sierra Nevada range last weekend to enjoy the mountains. We stayed in Three Rivers at the Comfort Inn. I usually wake up a couple hours before the kids get up and when it is dark outside. I decided to take my Muse to the bathroom and do a 40-minute session. Sitting on the toilet (with the seat down in case you were wondering) I started the session. With my eyes closed, I could feel the cold seat, the toilet paper holder to my left, the mirror and sink next to me and the shower in front of me. Something happened about 10 minutes in and that all disappeared. There was no more seat, mirror, room, or hotel. I was in a field of light and energy and experienced formlessness. It was a really cool experience. The last time I experienced that was in Nepal meditating the Garlic Hotel in Pokhara when the monsoon arrived in the afternoons. I took a 6-day intensive yoga retreat and I was the only student. The instructor, Naryan, and I would sit at the top of the hotel with the windows open. We would finish every day with asana and meditation. Around 4 PM every day, the monsoon storms would suck all the air out of the room before blowing it all back in when it unleashed the rain. We would be deep in meditation when the curtains would start blowing and you could feel the moisture in the air. It was a really effective way to feel part of everything! Back in the Comfort Inn, once I noticed that I was having this experience, I was brought back to the cold room and my surroundings. These sentences from Buddha's Brain describe my experience well "...allness never changes. The whole remains reliably whole. The whole never clings and suffers. Ignorance contracts from the totality into the self. Wisdom reverses that process, emptying the self out into the allness.". Maybe this was a little glimpse into the allness!
Eric is a traveller, hacker, and experimenter who is currently researching how to become a happier, calmer, and more compassionate human being.