Meditation is a state of concentration – sustained single-pointed focus on a chosen object, without allowing the mind to drift too far away by distracting random thoughts, outside disturbances and more; It is being grounded in reality, in the experience of the here and now, without escaping from it, or being pulled away from it through endless chains of thought that run through the mind. It is being able to deepen your engagement with life, as to live out the offered experiences and find a certain satisfaction in them – why? because craving can arise when we dont feel satisfied with experience of living – this, in turn, can arise when we live on autopilot, so astranged from the world, phazed out, that we only get a slight drop of interactive experience with reality, leaving us wanting more. Why not become fully engaged in living, as to get a more in-depht active experience curbing the chances of dissatisfaction and craving?
experience, and not the outside world, independent from us. Understanding who we trully are, realizing our dark side, our inner discords that we so eagerly avoid, and facing them.
Meditation is a state of mindfulness – mindfulness is contemplation of reality; contemplation entails a more detached observance of the world and phenomena (both inner and outter) that arises, thrives and dissipates. Mindfulness is contemplation of body, feelings, states of mind and phenomena – once we immerse ourselves in contemplation, we begin to acquire penetrative insight into the nature of being and thus correct our behaviour as to align with the extrinsic world. We become more detached from the passing phenomena – to contemplate it, doesnt mean to run away from it, rather, find some enjoyment in the way things are, however, without attempting to control or attaching to them. Contemplation is what allows us to better understand the nature of experience – be it pleasant, painful or neutral. I would dare to state that, life is a composit of a wide range of experiences, if one engages in them, one can trully live (not merely exist), if one gains insight into their nature by contemplating them, one trully acquires wisdom.
Meditation is a state of absorption – when practicing the path concentration -Jhana – the practitioner, through meditation, develops certain inner states rooted in the one-pointedness of the mind. The 1st jhana is the initial application (ability to bring the wandering mind and focus it), rapture, happiness and one-pointedness (bring the scattered mind and holding it together); The 2nd jhana is when as a result of the training of the mind, rapture, happiness and one-pointedness become more stable, which translates in a unified and tranquil mind – it accounts for feeling more “wholesome” instead of being torn apart from the inside due to contradictory thoughts, feelings, reactions… These states are developed and evolve over time, up to 5 stages.
Meditation as introspection – meditation is also the ability to practice introspection; to focus and go within, cutting outside distractions, and understanding what lies beneath you; it is to become sepparate from the noise and disturbances that divert our attentions, and shake us, and realize the truth – our habits, beliefs, thoughts… that are the root of our
Meditation is engaging life, discovering yourself.
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