Why Should I Meditate?
To feel better
If we are wanting to feel better about ourselves, we recognise that things aren’t quite right, now. This could mean that our battery has run down, our precious energy is being wasted, or we are seeing cracks in so-called reality. We don’t meditate so that we can keep running at full speed: it’s about slowing down and simplifying, and realising what is and isn’t necessary in our life. We need to take back control, stepping out of running with the crowd in order to be what we really are, which is consciousness itself, rather than the wound-up, stressed-out, super-reactive being we have become.
We want to understand, experience and realise what this precious life is really all about. When and why did we start merely following in the footsteps of others? Life has its ups and downs, and we may decide that this isn’t totally satisfying. The life we are leading can make us anxious and distressed; we feel pain, trauma, sadness, heartache and grief, along with fear of old age and dread of impending death. We get by in life, however, because others don’t seem that bothered, but in fact, we are all suffering to some degree. We live on hopes and fears, and so we go round in circles, looking for happiness which relies on conditions. We are creatures of habit and become easily addicted to things that we are led to believe will make us happy – but that happiness doesn’t last because it is conditional.
Not to worry – all things must pass! And they come back again … 😀 … which points to our path to enlightenment, for without the acknowledgement of suffering of some sort, we wouldn’t be looking for an answer. The question comes before the answer! No question, no answer.
Meditation is seeing.
We use the method of mindfulness meditation to arrive at non-meditation – pure awareness – where we drop the method of mindfulness as we have arrived. That is the most important point; we stop doing anything.
Realisation is pure seeing, which is pure, conscious awareness without distraction. In pure consciousness, there is neither meditation nor meditator, but just seeing. Bare consciousness in the moment now. Relating to meditation and a meditator takes time away from nowness: this relating is an apparent problem because we then form ideas and thoughts, and so, emotions.
This is not a bad thing at all, however – in fact, it’s wonderful! It’s wisdom. There are two truths – absolute and relative. The absolute truth is the seeing, and the relative truth is the reflection with which the distracted absolute relates, thus forgetting its own nature.
Meditation is just seeing all that goes on, without comment. That is freedom. That is liberation. When this is continuous, that is enlightenment.
The manifestation of enlightened activity is love. How? When we realise our true nature of consciousness, which is liberation in relaxed confidence, we also realise that others are still caught in variations of suffering. Sadness arises, but it’s a joyous sadness, which is empathy and compassion.
All thoughts and emotions are an illusion, a play in the mind that comes and goes, while all the time, seeing (consciousness) is present; consciousness that never changes is spontaneously present. This can happen in a moment!
Meditation is the most natural experience in the entire, infinite universe. Meditation is uncovering what is already present … love, and understanding that all things must pass away …