What is Meditation?
Meditation is not concentration or contemplation. It is not doing something. Actually, meditation is doing nothing. It is staying aware and witnessing our mind unconditionally. We need to experience and enjoy our inner void. The mind experiences both sorrow and joy. To overcome mental afflictions, we need to observe the monkey mind’s shenanigans in a detached manner. This kind of awareness will help us overcome the mind’s clutches.
Sharpen Your Observation
Meditation involves two factors: unconditional witnessing and observing the mind’s intricate functioning. To do these tasks, we should develop alertness and sharp perception. The Buddha revealed that our observation should be as sharp as a bowman’s arrow.
Understand Your Mind
Thoughts are created in the mind by certain conditions. We expect situations to happen as we like and expect favorable responses from people. When these do not occur, there is great agitation and turmoil in the mind. We need to understand how thoughts can bring joy, doubt, mistrust, jealousy, anguish and pain in our mind. Most people clean their houses, but are least bothered about their cluttered mind. To clean our mind’s negativities, we need to practise meditation.
Act – Don’t React
To maintain equanimity in all conditions, we should distance ourselves from the mind and not react to its impulses. Thus, meditation means living mindfully.
Learn From a Master
Many people read books or browse the Internet to learn meditation techniques. But, they are not able to progress much due to lack of proper guidance. An enlightened guru can help by guiding us during meditation practice. A true guru can nourish the soul, heal the mind’s wounds and help us attain pure bliss by practising right meditation.