This is the best meditation advice I have received so far and Kyle Cease, delivered it (link). To “sit still and watch the show”, entails a meditation where you have no mantra, you don’t have to sit in any special position, just comfortable, while still making sure you don’t fall asleep, and “watch the show”.
The key here being to watch. Just allowing your mind to go where it wills sort of, and staying put in the observing mode. Thoughts, arguments, feelings will present themselves on the stage and your “job” is just to observe and allow, nothing more, nothing less. It is not about receiving mindblowing revelations, (though that might happen), it’s not about having sensational experiences, or trying to think positive thoughts, it can be quite tedious and aggravating at times, just to observe and allow.
It’s a very gentle form of meditation that for me makes all the difference. I sometimes feel very attracted to to do-lists, with directions on how to sit, mantras to use, how to use your eyes, or not use them, mudras etc etc, but I have noticed that this then becomes the prime focus, ie “doing it right”. With “sit still and watch the show” my focus is just on observing.
This freedom from trying to fix anything, trying to experience something specific, or the stress of my anxious belief that I have to do it right or difficulty in relinquishing control, that still haunts me from time to time, is liberating. The very act of observing is what benefits me, it keeps me from reacting, from being caught in the mind’s, or ego’s schemes and it reveals how much nonsense is processed by my mind on a daily basis. The added bonus is also that many of the scenes in the show with their accompanying reactions or residue of emotional charge seem to dissipate and resolve themselves right out of my body, by me just observing them.
It’s uncomfortable at times to realize just how long or to which degree I have been stuck in the past, in the fear of the future or just in painful reactions, but well worth it. To watch the show, breathe through it, to keep observation neutral, as if I watch an actual show, removes the emotional charge from many of these habitual thoughts, and for me it feels like a major spring cleaning, where the doors to my, or the universal, pure inspiration and creativity suddenly are thrown wide open. .