Meditation East & West
Meditation – East & West
Meditation is a mental process whereby we progressively disclose the meaning of a central thought. It requires that we set the limits to the application of the words we are using. The purpose of meditation is to discover a meaningful pattern in our mind. We then move on to Contemplation, which is objectless and silent.
Meditation, MAD-itation, or something else?
Meditation is not mere suppression & diversion of thoughts & distractions in the mind – that would bring only MADness to the mind. It is also not mere ‘concentration’, repeating of some mental formula or routine, although ‘concentration’ is the first step on the way to meditation.
Many activities are practised today which are falsely called ‘meditation’, but are nothing to do with meditation as such. Care is required if we are not to waste our time doing things which lead to very short-term & shallow results. True meditation is neither suppression nor diversion. Meditation is also not ‘relaxation’.
Meditation is not ‘getting in the zone’ while running or practising yoga or stretching. We can have a very nice psycho-physical feeling, generated from certain body chemistry & glandular secretions in the blood during some of these activities, but this again is not meditation. It feels good and may be good for a short time, but we have to go out again and exert quite a bit of energy to generate the feeling again, and its nature is ephemeral, lasting only a few hours.
True Meditation is a state of mind, highly alert and super-efficient in response to mental inputs & outputs. It is not a state of ‘stupid’ awareness, sleepiness, drowsiness and false-calm.
To be clear about this is vital to understanding & a genuine application of meditation. It is also essential if we are attempting to refine our mental processes and continue developing meditation beyond the initial thrill of the first day or week or month. We owe it to ourselves to seek clarity and to know for sure what we are performing, rather than having a haphazard or misguided approach.
We are aiming to Meditate, not MADitate, merely become annoyed with our mind.
Culmination to Meditation
The culmination to true meditation is what in the West is called Contemplation, or technically Reflexive Self-Consciousness, consciousness conscious of itself, a very high degree of alertness and mental clarity. In the East this is called samadhic contemplation. A rationale of this is offered to those who take Eastern or Western meditation disciplines with us. Again Contemplation is mostly misunderstood, both in definition & in practice, so we need to be careful how we use our terms if we wish to practice what is the high culmination to meditation.
East or West?
It is useful to know in learning & developing meditation practice that some individuals have a Western psyche and are best suited to Western Meditation which is based on careful logic and initiative will. Others are Eastern and respond better to the Eastern methods. East & West are opposing disciplines. Each is unique, each has its technique & associated disciplines, and each individual is usually more proficient at one or another. Ultimately of course we benefit from being able to practice both.
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