Meditation -What is meditation (1.0)
This article is from the book “Meditation and the book of Time and Life Management (version 1.0) -by Norbert (2015)” (To read the whole book online visit book1.vr2b1.org or subscribe here and get the pdf edition for free.)
The meditative state is when you live without thinking, and this you can “do” without any effort or control (so you don’t even watch whether you have thoughts or not -you just live without thoughts). The no-mind state means that if there’s nothing to do or there’s something routine activity and there’s nothing to think about, you will not think, but if logic is necessary you will use your mind to come up with solutions. (Please note that you and also outside events can control and direct your attention and you can monitor the not presence of your mind without thoughts e.g.: focusing towards your brain without thoughts! Additionally everything that you do in a direction is a directed activity -even watching, listening, paying attention to emotions…, but these you can also do without thinking, reacting to circumstances and/or relying just upon your feelings and your heart. Reacting to circumstances means that if someone throws something towards you, you will get out of the way of that object, and relying upon your feelings means, that when you walk you look around, and you observe or watch things that catch your attention -so e.g.: you watch the flowers, the buildings…)
Meditation is the time-period in your day (usually allocated by you) when you live without thinking, but this is achieved, because you reminded yourself to the no-thought state, when you noticed that your mind is uncontrolled and thinks about anything it dares to. (Again in meditation you cannot control your mind because you simply not use your mind -if you control your mind that is rather directed thinking. In a meditative state you can still pay attention without thoughts and you can direct your attention and your focus (e.g.: by following something with your eyes).) So in a life in which you meditate you spend the majority (or some portion) of your day with your uncontrolled or controlled mind, but there’s a time when you say, “Ok, now I meditate a little!” In reality you cannot practice meditation (because the moment you start thinking you don’t meditate), but you can practice being more aware of your thoughts which means that when you accidentally start thinking you are immediately aware of the uncontrolled nature of the mind, and you can choose to switch to the non-thinking state. Saying “practicing meditation” however easier and it also tells more about the person spiritual intensions to a “non-practitioner” but we have to know what we are truly doing. (When you have to say -I meditate a little, your meditation is usually not stable, and during the allocated time, it can happen, than you start thinking again, and when it happens you have to remind yourself again and again that your goal is now meditation, so please sto…pppp… and pause. The more you can live in the no-mind state the more different experience you will have about it, and if you find yourself in a negative situation and if you don’t start that situation with a thought (especially with an automated negative thinking reaction), that is the sign that your meditation becoming more stable or that is the sign that it is already stable.)
So this is my definition of meditation, and I created this new definition because there are many confusing definitions available and additionally I want people to forget those ideas that they will achieve something higher just by practicing certain exercises in the name of meditation (especially if they are full of anger while doing them because of their surroundings or because of the lack of success). So according to my explanation I don’t consider e.g.: “Transcendental Meditation” a meditation, even if its name actually contains the word “meditation” -I consider it as a technique/exercise.
(I also would like to address those people, who like to lose themselves in creating theories and coming up with different arguments, with an announcement that I’m not going to debate my definition with anyone, especially since there is no universally accepted definition for meditation, because every religion has its own version. I’m not a religion expert, I don’t know much about religious dogmas, I haven’t read complete religious books (I read only a few pages), I don’t know much about the interconnectedness and similarities between religions so I don’t know how the different religions and how every single people define the word “meditation”, but I’m writing my book according to my definition.)
My definition is closer to the Hinduist one:
“Within Patanjali’s ashtanga yoga practice there are eight limbs leading to moksha. These are ethical discipline (yamas), rules (niyamas), physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), withdrawal from the senses (pratyahara), one-pointedness of mind (dharana), meditation (dhyana), and finally samadhi, which is often described as the union of the Self (atman) with the omnipresent (Brahman), and is the ultimate aim of all Hindu yogis.” (Wikipedia article about “Meditation”.)
Swami Vivekananda, describes meditation as follows: “The meditative state of mind is declared by the Yogis to be the highest state in which the mind exists. When the mind is studying the external object, it gets identified with it, loses itself. To use the simile of the old Indian philosopher: the soul of man is like a piece of crystal, but it takes the colour of whatever is near it. Whatever the soul touches … it has to take its colour. That is the difficulty. That constitutes the bondage”. (Swami Vivekananda. Complete Works Vol 4)
Every yoga exercise (e.g.: different postures, watching your breathing, concentrating to a body part…), every mantra, or any other things done to achieve the no-mind state is just an exercise. Those exercises can help you (e.g.: to be able to concentrate or to direct your thinking…) but ultimately you have to drop your clinging to them. You are in a better position if you see the stupidity of those exercises after a few years of practice (so not without giving them a try or after a few months of practice) than those who will do them till their last breath because they hope that one day a change will happen. But change especially inner change won’t happen unless they get so bored with the exercises till they finally say: “I had enough of this rubbish, I’m doing them for years now and nothing happened so I will rather lie down and I will not do anything –not even thinking”. And that is the key: “not even thinking”.
In reality you don’t have to do anything, you don’t even have to read books to achieve the no-mind state, but activities to control your mind and direct your thought can help you. Those exercises can help you and since your mind is conditioned and is full of rubbish and you cannot concentrate for longer than a couple of days (or either minutes) you need them or better to say you needed them if you got what I’ve said right now. (Additionally if you do these exercises to be part of a community, don’t stop them and don’t quit the community by saying exercises are useless. It is good to belong to a group with similar interests and mindsets, because the community can give you strength, motivation, friendships, even a feeling of belonging to a family and these you might need to further your quest and to avoid depression other negative feelings because of loneliness and the lots of negative people you are surrounded with and who see the world differently than you. So do those exercises but remember that your goal is the no-thought state.)
So sitting in a lotus position is not a meditation, because sitting has nothing to do with your mind -It’s just an exercise which helps you to remain in a position without feeling discomfort on the long run. Without practice you would feel pain within the first few minutes, and there’s a chance that you start to think thoughts related to your pain. If you can live without thoughts you would still feel the pain and you can do 2 things: You accept it that is to say you remain in that position or you change your position.
There are “2 kinds” of meditation or better to say a lifestyle for a meditative man/woman -passive and active. Active is when you do things without thinking (not as an idiot), relying upon your feelings and your automated learned habits, principles, ethic, moral (that are buried deep within your personality even if you don’t pay attention to them and that determines how you interact with the world). The passive lifestyle is when you don’t do anything at all -that is to say you face “boredom” (without thinking it is boredom) and you leave your mind behind instead of switching on the TV while alone and sitting or “waiting”. (As it might be noticeable -a meditative man without ethical guidance can be dangerous to anyone, but a meditative man with a healthy ethical and moral guidance can be dangerous only to unjust rules. So it is recommended to have empathy, understanding, and sympathy towards others (especially for non-violent beings) before reaching the meditative state.) Also: If you are in a no-mind state, your life will flow according to your accepted beliefs, and it will be regulated by your stone hard habits, principles and expectations…, and if those believes and habits are not positive you will experience and face the same hardships in your life as you experienced before not stopping your thinking, even though with the help of the no-mind state everything is easier. You can continue living with your negative habits and circumstances, because you don’t regard them any more as negative experiences but you can also change them in a way you want if you think it is necessary or beneficial in that very moment you are in.
When you were born you were in the no-thought state, but you felt many things. You were not numb! You acted according to your feelings e.g.: You cried, you smiled, and both were total (was not corrupted by learned habits). When you were angry you were totally angry, and your love was total as well. Your strategic behavior started to develop when you were told of and punished enough when you cried (because you cried) and you learned to suppress that feeling and acted according to expectations, because it was beneficial for you and was necessary to survive those days. (Also you might stopped crying because you’d realized that it brought nothing good, and you’d realized that with smiling you can achieve more, or you actually cried to achieve something what you want.) (Please note that this is still not the thinking state: you experienced the cause and effect and you acted according to your goals. Animals behave this way all the time, and if they are hurt they feel the pain but they suffer unknowingly -that is to say cannot express their feelings, they cannot describe them through sentences, but they definitely feel them. They might avoid situations where they previously experienced pain, but this is natural -this is like that you don’t touch hot surfaces, because you were burned -on the other hand there are people who can touch these surfaces without causing any harm to their body.)
When Jesus says be like a child he means that you should attain that no-mind state again. And remember childish does not equal the child-like state: -An 80 years old can act childish, and a 4 years old can be wiser than that man. When you’re in the child-like state you are acting according to your feelings. The enlightened man’s advantage compared to the child is that he can use the mind to create things that were never existed before and he/she can set up goals, while a child cannot set up goals and cannot make technology better knowingly. The child can learn to walk, but cannot build a spaceship (Or at least I don’t know about such children).
When you are enlightened while living in your body you’ve got 2 options. You can choose never to use the mind again, or you can choose to create and expand. Never using your mind again means that there is no effort in it!!! If you have to monitor yourself constantly you are not living as a child, you are in a control state in worst case 24/7, and you think you’ve dropped your mind. (If you know the unseen world, you definitely know more than an average man, but you might still have problem living like a child while doing different things…)
So as a meditative man you can still read books, attend courses, watch videos…, since through those knowledge you can help others, e.g.: you can become a Reiki master or a scientist of any kind or a doctor… there’s no limit. By reading books you will enhance your vocabulary and logical thinking in any given topics, so you will be able to express yourself more clearly, and practice enables you to do things better and to give a better performance. You might not help anyone, by doing whatever you do, but you certainly will experience more -e.g.: you will learn to drive a car or a plane…
If you can live in a no-thought state you are in a better position like you were when you were child, since you experienced the thinking process, thus you can knowingly create. The child does not have this ability. You can make destructive habits disappear, and you can create habits that better serve you and others. (You can create habits also in animals, but they cannot change those habits knowingly, well maybe if they are intelligent and they realized that the old way doesn’t serve their interests…)
You can knowingly raise your frequency to attract more positive things, but you can choose to lower your vibration just to experience pain or to understand why others suffer. You cannot know what poverty or hunger is unless you’ve experienced it -by experiencing these things you can understand more deeply. And there’s a trick to it which is also important -you cannot experience the ultimate poverty when you are rich and you decide to live amongst homeless people in poverty if you know that you can go “home” any time! (On the other hand you cannot experience everything through your 50-80-300 years of living -so don’t become poor in order to help the poor.) And there are many possibilities -if you lived your twenties not owning a college degree you will never know what it is like to have a college degree while you’re in your twenties. You can still have that degree while you’re in your fifties, but you will have a different experience… Thus if you experienced what is it to be rich you would see the world differently while you’re spending your days as a poor -even if you will never be rich again: -you might feel miserable or you might see that whatever you had meant nothing to you and you were bored in your office with your diamond rings and expensive cars. In the latter case you would have no desire for those things, if you did not regard them as a status symbol, and you would want to convince the others that those things aren’t that important -which they would not understand since they have no experience. I think for a normal person a healthy and fair desire is a nice clean place, a healthy and clean body, enough food, love, and the ability and the means to use devices that are needed for his/her work.
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