The thought came to me this morning that meditation works because it works. Meditation works not because of anything that can be said about it, but because it works. That is like saying water will get you wet because it does. You just have to experience wetness to understand this. You just have to get in some water.
Meditation works, whether it is for 5 minutes or on hour, if you don’t try to make something out of it. Sitting down (one can stand or walk) for meditation means sitting down with your self just as you are. Whatever you think or feel is okay. No judgment is allowed in meditation. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were such a place where one could not be judged, where there was no sin or guilt, just innocence and no separation from God. Well, the good news is that you are already in that place. So just sit down and stop thinking about it.
Learning how to sit with your self is learning how to sit with God. If you just want to think about God or just believe in God (which is thinking about God), then meditation will not take you there. because if you sit down to meditate so you can think about God, then you are making meditation a means to an end. When there is a separation between the means (you) and what you want (your goal or end)—that is time. Meditation doesn’t have any time because it is always now.
Meditation begins to work, really work, when you sit down with no end or purpose. You just sit and observe without judgment or labeling what is going on inside and out. Watch the breeze moving a leaf, hear the bird calling to his mate, feel the arm or your chair supporting you, smell the fresh cut grass, notice the thoughts passing through the space of your mind like birds cutting across your lawn, be aware of a feeling rising into consciousness, and if you don’t hold it, watch it go.
Meditation works like liquid plumber. Pour it in and it is bound to clear your pipes. It doesn’t matter what you call it, or who you buy it from, whether you can read the directions or not, or what you want to use the sink for—meditation works. Just pour some in and you will find out. But you have to pour it in—don’t think about it.
Posted under General Observations
This post was written by ed on May 27, 2007