Country Cemetery 02 B&W — Indian Land, SC, July 12, 2014
There are different ways of viewing meditation. One way is to see it as removed from the world of ordinary mental activity.
The Buddhists say, “Focus on your breath to keep your thoughts from wandering into Monkey Mind. And when it wanders, bring it back to your breath.”
I say: “Focus on everything and let your mind do it’s thing, so that when it wanders, focus on it wandering. Pay attention to where it goes and be curious about what that may have to say about your current life situation.”
Meditation is focused attention.
It doesn’t matter what your focus is.
I focus on my mind, and listen to, see, what it would show me, say to me.
And if it goes to worrying, fretting, being anxious and fearful about what may happen, I see that as a gentle nudge to ponder what thinking about those things is keeping me from thinking about—and see what comes to mind.
The same thing for daydreaming about delights and wonders and the life I wish were mine: What is thinking about these things keeping me from thinking about?
What would my mind, body, heart and soul have me think about?
I open myself to that and see what comes.
Whatever comes is an invitation to an inner dialogue.
“Why are you (mind, body, heart, soul) giving me THIS to think about? What does THIS have to do with me?” And see what comes.
If I am open and non-judgmental, pliant and not resistant, a dialogue takes shape, with me being the voice of mind, body, heart, and soul—and the voice of me, myself and I (which we might call Ego).
Ego is not a bad thing. We cannot be a conscious, willing, self without being Ego. Aligning Ego with mind, body, heart and soul is the trick, so that we are all one, working together toward the true good of all.
We do that through meditation, through awareness, and the knowing produced thereby, and understanding what we all have to say, and agreeing as to what is to be done about it.