Removing the Blinders That Bind

Inspiring change from within

The Way of a Warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited.

- Ueshiba Morihei, The Art Of Peace

The Way of the Warrior

Removing the Blinders that Bind

I know, I know. There is a certain indignation you feel when you're accused of lying. But this isn't about changing your age or under-reporting your taxes. This is about how we delude ourselves.

Everyone has some shades of truth they cling to. I am an honest person except that I do jump from one movie to another at the theatre. Other than this little indiscretion, I don't lie. Or at least I didn't think I did. But recently I finally faced the real truth about my mother's last months and her life condition the last few days of her life. It was not easy to face this truth, but I did out of a necessity to grow. Read more at my blog if you're interested.

This meditation, however, is designed to open our hearts to our fears, our personal delusions and our side steps and omissions. Most people interested in meditation are not rampant prevaricators. However everyone shields themselves from something sometime; some pain, a self-disappointment, some source of unhappiness. Subtle as this little treasure might be, until we uncover every morsel of disillusionment, we are not free to experience our higher self, our enlightened being.

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That is the focus this meditation: Removing the Blinders That Bind

Lets begin with our usual preparation that relaxes the body, the mind and calms the breath. Take whatever time you need to reach that stage where you are ready to enter the intentional focus of this meditation.

As you control the breath, feel the mind release its tension and are no longer aware of the physical, let go to that next level. Your breath is even deep and steady. You can see that the room is dark in a calming way and slowly a light begins to grow in front of you. As your attention moves to the light a door appears. It is a door of mystery. The light is dim but growing and as it gets brighter, the mystery seems to arouse an awareness that replaces the mystery.

Behind that door is one secret that you have kept locked away. It is not a secret that means anything to anyone but you, and yet this feels like the first time you have ever seen this secret in any light.

You approach the door with curiosity and interest. When you reach for the doorknob you pause and stand straight. You puzzle at what is behind the door but then begin to feel a glimmer of understanding and awareness.

Oh. Behind this door is that secret you have pushed back and down and admitted to no one but yourself. You may or may not be aware of the secret, and if you still do not know what lies behind the door, stand quietly at the door waiting for the illumination. If you still can't see the secret, try to feel it so you can revisit it at another time.

You continue to stand by the door and the feeling of your secret begins to unfold an awareness so strongly that you lean forward again and turn the knob to open the door.

From the darkness, you now see the opening of that secret. There it is, that big frightening secret that you had suppressed for so long. The surprise is that it is actually so small, so inconsequential, so manageable.

Whether you are in front of the closed door or you have moved through the door, focus on your breath, your body, your heart. Calm, quiet acceptance is the feeling you are reaching for. It doesn't matter which side of the door you stand on, you are seeking awareness, acceptance and forgiveness for your deep secret.

After you have finished exploring this secret fully for today, you can let go and return to body awareness. Come back to your heart feeling satisfied that you are more clear in your intentions and appreciation of self than you have been for months or years or perhaps even, ever. In your heart is a deep love of self, your greater self, your higher self, the you in you.

Give yourself the time you need before you open your eyes and come back to your full physical awareness refreshed and feeling lighter from releasing the internal burden you have carried so long.

And the result of this meditation? Love of self, something we too often deny.

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Chesa Keane has taught meditation and self-help for more than 30 years. For help with your meditation, use the guided meditation techniques from the Meditation Warrior website. Visit: