MEDITATION: A COMMON MISTAKE
It feels good to meditate.
Meditation stops the noise, stress, worry, and anxiety before any of them get in, frees up space for peace, clarity, energy, recreation, and health, and changes people’s lives beyond the shadow of a doubt (check out the link in the comments section below for an example of many).
When or where one meditates doesn’t matter a Dickie bird. Some need a special place while others meditate each time a traffic light turns red on their road ahead. Personally, I fancy twice daily on most days, late at night and first thing in the morning, albeit after the coffee. I can tell it’s a habit now after all these years.
What’s your meditate-experience?
IN THE WORDLESS WORLD
In the wordless world, meditation doesn’t exist for self-evident reasons.
IN THE WORDY WORLD
In the wordy world, a common mistake people make with meditation is expecting it to lead to…
– Think of nothing
– Blank out the mind or to get rid of the mind entirely
– Transcend words
A mistake because it is expecting the impossible. Words cannot be destroyed or made to disappear. Words can only be changed from one to another.
Everything is a word which not only covers the mind but also nothing, hence the fate of the wordy: In the wordy world, there is no escape from words, such is the word-domination. The alternative to the common mistake of going for the impossible, I think is to follow Claude Monet’s advice:
“To see, we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.”
Forgetting the name of the things we have a word for, as suggested by Claude Monet, near as I can tell, comes closest to looking at the world as though we were seeing it for the first time. Not only does it keep you meditating, after all, what this post is about, but it is also risk-free and keeps you curious to the end of your days.
“Call it a dream. It does not change anything.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
Remember, it’s about meditation – quiet time – first and foremost. Technique is a distant second. Either way, I hope my post may be of value to you.