Daikan Basho, Contributing Writer
Many thought leaders of our time inspire us to meditate regularly in order to reach great depths of inner peace and grow our understanding of the nature of our mind and humanity. More and more ordinary people are beginning to meditate these days, exploring how meditation impacts their lives. With so many different approaches to meditation, and an abundance of tools to assist in the process, quickly the idea of meditation can become complicated and the whole point of meditation is lost in the hows and whys of technique.
Meditation is more simple than most think, and here are a couple of ideas that will assist assist you in your journey.
Meditation is a Very Simple Phenomenon
In the following helpful and inspiring video, the spiritual teacher Osho speaks of the simplicity of meditation; that it happens when you are doing nothing at all. In meditation, there is no activity, you simply are. There is being, but there is no doing, and that means there is no thinking, and no contemplation, as that is also doing. Osho believes that once you start to understand how meditation works, and are able to easily reach and remain in a meditative state, you can start doing while remaining in your meditative state. He compares meditation to complete centeredness. Not an escape from life, but, living life more intensely and more creatively, while the true you acts as a spectator of your own actions. He agrees that you cannot do or practice meditation.
What is Meditation?
In the following video, Juddhi Krishnamurti explores the question of what is meditation. He claims that all schools of meditation and Christian contemplative orders, as well as all methods of meditation – contemplation, mantras, breathing – are based on a system that has been set out by others before us. They are all based on the idea that you establish a routine and eventually dull the mind.
Krishnamurti suggests that we discard all of this, all the Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian forms of meditation and their practices, because these methods promote a destination as an expected result of meditation. To truly practice mediation, one must release oneself from what meditation is, what it is supposed to be, and let go into whatever arises. In this, you will find great freedom.
If you are starting a meditation program or enjoy adding new perspectives to your practice, perhaps you may benefit from first considering what expectations you may be setting in your mind – what is your chosen destination? Finding inspiration in philosophies such as OSHO’s The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within may help you figure out how incorporate meditation into your life, while guiding you away from the desire to form any specific result or outcome, as perhaps it is the journey and not the destination that is important.
About the Author
Daikan Basho is a traveling guru of life. A Yogi, philosopher and eternal student of the martial arts, he searches tirelessly for self-perfection. Through the physical arts and written word he intends to move the people he comes in contact with toward the realization of a happier, more fulfilled life. Daikan is a contributing writer to WakingTimes.com.
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