138. BASIC TRUTH ABOUT MEDITATION
From the many questions I get about meditation, it’s very clear that there are several misunderstandings.
Today I’d like to clarify a few of such misunderstandings:
FIRST, meditation is often viewed as a final destination, as some kind of a tool, which can help us achieve a GOAL, i.e. a higher state of mind.
SECOND, meditation requires effort, a TECHNIQUE, or doing something in return for a reward.
Here’s my understanding of meditation.
1. THERE IS NO PURPOSE TO MEDITATION
Meditation is like when we are laughing or being happy. We don’t meditate to achieve something, to get somewhere, or to become somebody. We laugh for the sake of laughing, we are happy for the sake of being happy, and hence we meditate for the sake of meditating. The destination is YOU! This brings us to the second point:
2. MEDITATION IS WHO WE TRULY ARE
What we call the Self, is essentially a FLOW of our AWARENESS. This means to meditate is essentially to CLEAR THE FOG AROUND THE SELF, with a view to grasp ourselves as who we truly are. However, we are using words and hence “Getting in touch” suggests doing something, when really meditation is, in fact, all about BEING who we truly are.
And what do we need to do in order to be who we truly are? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. So, meditation is doing something, which requires us to do nothing. It’s just our need to SEPARATE things that prevents us from seeing this simple TRUTH. This brings us back to point 1: there can be no purpose to meditation, because, ultimately, meditation requires no movement.
As human beings, we find it extremely hard to do NOTHING. We can remain physically still, but our mind and emotions find it hard to be idle. This is where the idea of meditation as a form of PRACTICE was born. However, keep in mind that there is, in fact, no practice necessary (per se), because in reality, NOTHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN for us to be Who We Truly Are.
In other words, meditation is simply an advanced way of getting OUT of our own way hehehe.
PS: Good morning the meditating world, wherever you are
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