Meditation Basics


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.

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 words from books and teachers.

In meditation, you see for yourself.

The Signs of Progress in Your Meditation

Knowing something new from your meditation session.

Knowing something new everyday in your daily living.

The Signs of Stagnation in Your Meditation

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

Mental Chatter

Mental chatter is not something to get rid of but something to learn from.

Mental chatter is not something that hinders you but something that helps you.

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.

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.

Mental Chatter 2

Mental chatter helps you to advance your meditation and improve your life when you learn from it. 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.

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 and letting the fire continue.

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

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.

Two Ways of Dealing with Restless Mind

Suppress the symptom of the restlessness.

Address causes of the restlnessness.

When You Have No Power

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 even know you are thinking while thinking.

When You Have Power

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.

Knowing Something New

You are living a new moment. You are taking new air. New things are happening. When new things are happening, knowing new things are natural. If you do not know something new, know you do not know.

Sitting

When you discover your sitting, you will realize sitting is something you did everyday but didn't know much about. So are standing, walking, breathing, thinking and many other things that you do daily.

Actionless Action

Meditation is actionless action. Meditation brings changes to your body, your mind, your life and even people around you.

Discovering a Cause in Meditation

When you see phenomena, you can find patterns. When you see patterns, you can discover a cause of the phenomena.

Viewing Angles

Your breath appears to be your breath because you see it from the angle that it appears to be your breath. If you see it from another angle, it appears to be something else. So are your body and everything else.

Doing The Opposite

For beginners, a meditation is doing the opposite of what you usually do. Be aware instead of being unaware. Do nothing instead of doing. Sit upright instead of slouching.

The Highest Training

The highest training of all is meditation.

The highest meditation is living.

How do I get rid of unwanted thoughts?

Do not create conditions that unwanted thoughts will come.