Meditation: What Are You?
An exploration of what you fundamentally are.
Imagine that you're a baby. Imagine that you have no capacity to conceptualize what you're experiencing. Imagine that your experience is just raw perceptions, sensations, and feelings.
Remain like a baby, who can't think of a response, as these questions I'm going to ask you arise and pass through your experience.
What are you?
Do you know that you're a body, a mind, or a person? What in your experience of raw perceptions, sensations, and feelings tells you that you're a body, a mind, or a person?
Close your eyes. You no longer have sight of your body. Did you disappear? Have you stopped being what you are?
Keep your eyes closed. Notice that you're now aware of the sensations that you associate with your body. See if you can let any mental images of your body fall away.
Are the sensations that you associate with your body static? Or are they moving, vibrating, and changing? Without referring to thought or mental images, do you know that you have a body? Or do you just know raw sensations arising and passing in awareness?
Are these changing sensations what you are? Does what you are ever really change?
Check to see if there are any feelings in your experience. If there aren't, see if you can generate some now.
Has this feeling been with you for the entirety of your life? Don't feelings arise, pass, and change like sensations do? Is there anything to a feeling aside from changing sensations in your body?
Open your eyes. Notice that you're now aware of changing perceptions, sensations, and feelings in your experience.
What are you?
Perceptions change. Sensations change. Feelings change. Thoughts and mental images change.
Does what you fundamentally are change?
What is the only thing that is fundamental to your experience? What in your experience has never changed? What in your experience has never left you?
The only thing that's fundamental to experience is experience itself. The only thing that's fundamental is the awareness that allows you to know perceptions, sensations, thoughts, and feelings.
In what do perceptions, sensations, thoughts, and feelings arise?
What in your experience tells you that perceptions, sensations, thoughts, and feelings arise as anything other than awareness itself?
Can you find anything in your experience that's not awareness? If you can, how are you aware of it? Can you be aware of something that's outside of awareness? Can you be aware of something that's other than awareness?
If there's nothing but awareness, what are you?