Recently I did an all night meditation from midnight to 6am. In fact, I do this with my peers on a semi-regular basis (about once/month). This is part of our practice as core students of Evolutionary Enlightenment. There’s no rule that says we have to do this, but in our efforts to develop depth and confidence in the already free dimension of who we are, we have found it to be an immensely powerful and unifying practice. Why?
There are a lot of reasons why its powerful to meditate for long periods of time. For example, I meditate two hours every morning. For most people, that’s a lot. But when it comes to really letting go of everything and leaving the world behind it’s not very long at all. Whereas sitting overnight, in the quiet hours when consciousness is not cluttered with the melee of the work day, provides you a space to really abandon all the ambitions and frustrations of the day and genuinely let go.
Usually, during previous all night meditations, I would sit for an hour at a time getting up every 60 minutes or so to stretch, but recently I tried something different. At the encouragement of my teacher, Andrew Cohen, I abandoned the clock and tried to see how long I could meditate without stopping. I sat for four hours straight.
This blew my mind. I didn’t know I could do that but once I got going, it was like a different part of me kicked into gear and all that part of me wanted to do was see how long I could just sit there letting go again and again and again. Everytime I thought about time, I just let it go and experienced the existential release and relief that always accompanies genuine letting go. And so I just kept doing that…letting go of the need to know how much time had passed.
The more I did this, the more I dropped into a deeper and deeper space. I became incredibly still inside so that I didn’t want to move on the outside. As I dropped deeper and deeper, I could feel my awareness expanding and releasing from all the compulsive habits of mind I’m usually pursuing day in and day out. And as I did that, the perspective of freedom and limitlessness grew stronger and more powerful so that I didn’t want anything but to sit there and let go, knowing that there was nowhere to go in the universe that would make me happier than where I was at that moment.
We need to time to let go like this, to really release the world and all our concerns from our clutches. Unless you really make the time to do this type of long practice, it’s incredibly difficult to break through the powerful torrent of mind and time and world that we inhabit constantly and enter into the deeper dimensions of our beings.
Doing this with others is a sacred experience. Silently sailing through the cosmos on our cushions without a care and silently communing with the totality of existence is perhaps one of the most intimate things we can do together, even as we have no relationship to each other whatsoever!