After publishing my previous post on my insight on the passive nature of Meditation I spent many hours talking with other people about meditation.. the interaction with people in many groups, forums etc made it quite clear that the modern idea of meditation has nothing to do with what I was thinking of this term.
And i think that the etymology of the word has nothing to do with what i was feeling meditation is. Searching online showed that the term meditation is much closer to what is the common belief about this word comparing my own view.. so a few explanations related to meditation are:
“focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
“think deeply about (something)”
“plan mentally; consider”
“to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures”
“the term meditation was introduced as a translation for Eastern spiritual practice”
So the common idea as well as the etymology of meditation has to do with focusing, planning, measuring, thinking, practicing which are all reactions of the Me, reactions of thought, all these imply effort, expectation, a goal. To be honest this was a surprise for me. But while the words don’t really matter, while words are just symbols, I would like to penetrate deeper in the essence hidden behind the word.
So this morning I had an insight about the non sensical meaning most people give to this term. I would like to question whether a method, a technique, based on focusing, on effort, makes sense at all. To put it more clearly, to focus on breath, or to the movement of chest, or to a specific point, or sitting in a strange pose isn’t it actually an escape from what is? What is is that I am caught in the network of thoughts, i don’t know anything other than thought, which is painful, exhausting, confusing. Then I say “I can rid of all this mess by sitting still 20 minutes everyday and watching my breath”. What is is thought and i am trying to escape from it by trying to focus on my breath (which is obviously not what is). It’s actually another form of thought. So thought tries to tackle thought why simply doesn’t make sense. This is once again the old nasty movement from “what is” to “what should be” which inevitably breeds division, conflict, corruption, confusion and sorrow. I wonder if we see it! If not we could go further on that.
On the contrary to passively observe your thoughts is exactly the perception of what is.. I am thought, there is only thought and there is passive non verbal, silent awareness of thought.
At the end of the day, who needs a method at all?