We of the computer age, understand what is foreground and what is a background - as when we use the computer screen , the font is in the foreground, against a background. This understanding of foreground and background can help us to understand realities of our daily life. And it is interesting to note that there is no foreground without a background.
Living of our life in this constantly changing world, with our endless transactions in it, our desires, hopes, expectations, our past, our preoccupations with our past, future and present, our frustrations, disappointments, our worries, anxieties and fears, our sorrows and joys, our successes and failures, our roles and relationships is the foreground for us. It can be called as the foreground only when we know the background against which it is played.
What is the background?
The background is the direct, immediate, self-revealing and self-evident changless consciousness or awareness, that is the silent ever-present witness to the ever-changing drama going on in the foreground. Even as the sky is the background and the clouds are the foreground!
You become aware of this background when the mind stops its endless labeling, judging, interpreting as right or wrong, good or bad, useful or not useful, helpful or hurtful.... Can one be a simple perceiver without having to label, judge, interpret? It is worth it, because what you discover is that the background is so vast, it can accomodate anything. It is so pure, it is totally unconditional.... the unconditionality one is always searching for. The background is the limitlessness that YOU are.
So in meditation put aside all preoccupations with the foreground and just be.... and out of meditation also keep on see what it is like to simply perceive without endless judging ... and become aware of the limitless background that is the truth of oneself.
Om Tat Sat