Meditation Basics

Meditation and School

Meditation is like going to school. You gain knowledge when you meditate. You gain conceptual knowledge in school. You gain non-conceptual knowledge in meditation.

In school, you accept the words from books and teachers. In meditation, you see for yourself.

The Signs Of Progress In Meditation

Knowing something new from your meditation session. Knowing something new everyday in your daily living.

The Signs Of Stagnation In Meditation

Knowing nothing new from your meditation sessions for days, weeks, or even years.

Mental Chatter

Mental chatter is not a problem to get rid of but is an opportunity to learn.

What Helps You More Than Trying to Stop Thinking

Knowing thinking, natural phenomena occurring in your mind. Knowing the cause of the phenomena. Knowing the desire to stop the thoughts. Knowing the cause of your desire.

Kindergarten Meditation

Meditate to feel good.

Camera Meditation

One who is focusing his mind on an object during meditation but does not know the true nature of the object is like a camera that is taking a photo but does not know what it is taking a photo of.

Stone Age Meditation

Stone age meditation can remove mental chatter but can not remove causes of mental chatter.

Stone age meditation can remove symptoms of life problems but can not remove causes of life problems.

Stone age meditation is powerful enough to break stones but can not break delusions in the mind.

Why Meditation Is Difficult

When you do it in a way that is difficult, it becomes difficult.

Distractions

When you call something a distraction in your meditation, not because it is a distraction but because you do not yet know how to benefit from it.

Two Ways of Dealing with Restless Mind

Suppress the symptom of the restlessness.

Address causes of the restlnessness.

Mental Chatter 2

Mental chatter is not something you need to get rid of or run away from. Mental chatter is a meditation helper that helps you advance your practice and improve your life. It tells you who you are. It tells your past and future. It tells you the world you live in. It tells you why you have mental chatter and how to make the mental chatter retire. It tells your life problems and causes. It teaches you how to address your life problems and live better.

What Are Given in Your Meditation

Your meditation makes progress if you get what are given in your meditation. Your meditation becomes stuck if you do not get what are given in your meditation. Your meditation becomes difficult if you ignore what are given and you tried to get what are not given instead.

Power of Watching

Your breath changes when you watch your breath. Your body changes when you watch your body. Your mind changes when you watch your mind. Your life changes when you watch your life.

Misuse of Meditation

An unwise use of meditation can harm you. If you meditates only to eliminate symptoms of your life problems without addressing the cause, the cause remains and continues to create more problems in your life. It is like silencing a fire alarm without putting off the fire.

Useful Things Become Useless

A useful thing becomes useless when you do not know how to use it. So are pains in life. So are the thoughts that come to you during meditation. So is everything else.

Urge (desire)

When you fight an urge, the urge becomes your enemy. When you obey an urge, the urge becomes your master. When you just be with an urge, the urge becomes harmless like passing wind.

When You Are Powerless

You have no choice what to think and what not to think. You have no choice when to think and when not to think. Your mind is operating automatically without your permission. You do not know you are thinking while thinking. You do not know you are believing while believing.

When You Are Powerful

You have choice what to think and what not to think. You have choice when to think and when not to think. Your mind is not operating automatically without your permission. You know you are thinking while thinking. You know you are believing while believing.

Knowing Breathing

One who knows he is breathing is higher in level than one who does not know he is breathing.

Knowing Breathing 2

The one who has a higher level than a person who knows he is breathing is a person who knows his mind which is watching his breath.

Knowing Breathing 3

The one who has a higher level than a person who knows his mind watching his breath is a person who knows what the breath truly is.

Inner Peace

A low level person’s mind is restless. A high level person’s mind is peaceful.

Inner Peace 2

The one who has a higher level than a person whose mind is peaceful is a person who knows why his mind is peaceful.