In this context, disruption is about disrupting the graspings and fixations of mind. If we want to work with these unhelpful habits, the first step is to notice and disrupt them, that is, to change their course. We can disrupt the karmic flow of our minds. When we do, we find that space opens up. With time and practice, we realize that the space, the gaps, are much bigger than we ever imagined. At first, we experience them as short breaks between thoughts. And all the thoughts that come, however many there may be, cannot obscure the gap. And exactly the same thing goes on in our lives.
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The space in between words, the pause between songs, the brief moment when there is no noise, just silence and space. I look for moments of stillness. I like the transitions between yoga poses. I watch for the pause between my breaths and I love the space between my thoughts. In Tibetan, they call the constant stream of thoughts, SEM, the small mind. This is the stuff that happens on the surface layer or the periphery.
The Space Around Thoughts
In the most popular sense of the word, Gap is the label of an all American clothes brand with stores worldwide. Passengers are told to look out for and to avoid the significant gap between the train door and the station platform. Of lesser known, is the concept of Gap from a meditative perspective. Spiritual teachers and meditation masters tell us to not only recognise the Gap but Be in It. They recommended that much benefits can be derived when we do this. Admittedly, the Gap is a profound concept, which in its simplicity, not quite as easy to grasp especially if we have not been conscious about it. Yes, it is possible that you have experienced it at one time or another, as you go about your hectic life. The Gap is the silent space between thoughts. It is the space where the mind stands still. No thoughts exist in this space.
The Way of Meditation Blog. Sep 30, The first state of consciousness is the waking state we all know, while the second and third are the dream state and dreamless sleep. The fourth state of consciousness is thoughtless awareness. You can bring true perspective and balance into your life by moving towards this fourth state. So how do we access this state? People are often surprised to find there is a gap — which is a huge realisation that thoughts are not all that exists in their mind; there is also this thing called awareness. I invite you to pause and look for that gap right now. Meditation Master Sogyal Rinpoche says this about the gap:.