Carol me and many of my long term TM friends could care less if we're enlightened. But I want to respond to your exchange with Emily about backpacking, walking the dog, etc.
I remember the first time I meditated in March 1975 I thought, oh, I've had this before. It was very familiar to me. From sometimes getting in the zone when I played sports. Sometimes snoozing in the hammock in the backyard after work. Sometimes from dancing to my favorite music. Body surfing! Sometimes from marijuana. And I definitely wanted that relaxed but alive experience in a natural way. I think that's what I get with TM. I really like Maharishi's analogy for this: meditating is like dipping a cloth in the dye where the cloth is your nervous system and the dye is Being or pure consciousness or what Doc calls Silence. Then engaging in daily activity is like putting the cloth in the sun. The color fades, but not completely. What color is left after fading in the sun, that color is permanent. Then dip in dye again, then fade again, over and over until one day the color is totally permanent. Being or Silence is permanently experienced along with all other states. Maharishi calls it restful alertness and for me that phrase captures its quality of being both settled and potentially full of activity. I'd say practicing TM makes the whole process not necessarily faster but more reliable. ________________________________ From: Carol <jchwe...@gmail.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2013 12:45 PM Subject: [FairfieldLife] Enlightenment...in your own words I'm curious to hear/read different folks descriptions of what it is like to have the Silence permeate other areas of your life. And why is this state of grounded in the self and permanent silence called "Enlightenment?" Thanks! PS: Jim (doctordumbass) stated in his own words regarding Enlightenment: "It is anything but a static state, first experienced as always being grounded in the Self, or permanent silence. Once a person is established in Silenc within, the enlightenment begins to "infect" everything else. The Silence within can no longer be overshadowed, destroyed, or disrupted. Sounds crazy, huh?:-)" He stated that here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/message/333754 ***************