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Meditation


There are many different ways to meditate. Some of them involve trying to focus or concentrate the mind. Usually people meditate to attain a particular goal: performance in work or sports, freedom from stress, or the cultivation of a particular quality of mind, like equanimity or compassion.

But there is another way of meditating where you don't try to concentrate, or even do anything at all. You simply sit still and quiet, and let go of any aim or intention. You stop trying to control your experience, and let things be as they are.

This is a simple, human activity. No training is required. It is not a special technique.

In everyday life our attention is called out into the world; towards the things we want, away from the things we don't want, towards other people, towards the past and the future. We experience emotions and identify as these emotions. We want to change things in the world, getting and avoiding, in order to only have pleasant experiences.

When we sit in stillness somewhere with few outside distractions, attention is naturally drawn within. Now the sensations, thoughts and emotions are experienced as objects of perception. The locus of our self-identification undergoes a subtle but significant change.

This practice brings balance and clarity. In stillness, the energy of our lives naturally returns to the centre. This is not something we do so much as a natural balancing which we allow to happen. And in the process, we come to know who we really are.