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Learned meditation is not meditation…

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Meditation — so-called meditation — is often compartmentalized by people to fit into a certain part of their day or week.  During a specific time, they then practice what they’ve been taught in order to achieve something.  However, the real thing may not be what the two aforementioned sentences shine a light on.  The real thing may occur all day long, even as one is driving a car, walking on a wooded path,  planting flowers, or washing windows.  It may involve watching (without learned separative images or opinions) at the way you talk to others at work, or the way the mind reacts to a hurt creature or mentally sick person.  Then the mind is aware… not according to someone else’s blueprint, not according to someone else’s concocted methodology… but just naturally, completely, effortlessly, without mere past conditioning.   Meditation is extremely simple, but our complex minds are often too “knotted up” to perceive directly without looking through the contaminated screen of past knowledge.  We were brainwashed to perpetually categorize everything, to look with a fabricated space from a learned image (of a supposed central “controller”) at things (via separation).   That separation was traditionally inherited or learned.  Even when there are no problems, we invent problems to solve.   Another thing: we, as so many others, constantly strive to be perpetually entertained.  What if we needn’t always be entertained?  What are so many using entertainment to escape from?  If our inner selves were not so imbued with limitation and stagnation… then maybe we wouldn’t be so disturbed about not being entertained and with facing what we (internally) really are.

Mindfulness, too, has those so-called experts who tell you how to manufacture clever, little tricks in order to keep your mind “mindful.”  However, a mind that merely uses procedures from others (and little tricks) to be aware… is aware as a result of something.  Profound awareness is not a mere result, however, but hypnosis and being a mere automaton certainly is.  The real thing is not what someone can teach you to be, or give you to absorb (or mechanically practice).  Real meditation is measureless and beyond conditioning… and what is measureless and unconditioned cannot merely be learned from another.  The one who truly meditates does not know that he or she is meditating; nor does he or she care to know.  However, in real, whole self-understanding and profound awareness, there is a profundity that negates sorrow, depression, fear, and mechanical mental parroting.  There is real bliss when the mind is aware without being in a mold poured by others.  However, there is no map or set of procedures (called religious or otherwise) that was devised by others that will really get you there.  You have to do the work.  And that work isn’t sitting on one’s behind on a superficial mat for 30 minutes, thinking one has achieved something marvelous.

Pink Veronica. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

 

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original mindfulness sayings and/or poetry that deals with mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. That flower, such a soothing color, and richness. Nice name, too.
    Yes, we seem to “meditate” every time we somehow… forget that we exist. And we just are, perhaps just like the flowers. Or like a child who plays, or does something nice wholeheartedly, and when we ask him or her to do that again… s/he wonders what. 🙂

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  2. I’ve often wondered how someone can achieve meditation just by sitting on a mat; and now I see from your post, that they don’t.
    Any stillness in my head that I’ve achieved has happened without striving for it.
    A lovely flower you captured; reminds me of the hyacinths my Mum used to grow from bulbs. 🙂

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  3. Your text really gave me a boost this morning, I’m seeing the world as you are it seems to me. The pink flower at first glance looks like the wild foxglove in the forests in Scotland…

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  4. I totally agree with everything you said Tom. Sit outside in nature – walk the trail, listen to the babbling of a brook, watch the creatures of this world – now that is meditation, peace, contentment. Love your photo of these beautiful flowers.

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  5. I, too, love the flowers!
    I don’t know much about meditation. I think sometimes people believe they are the center of their world and can’t let it go…

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  6. I think you might be mixing up meditation with daydreaming. Meditation, I believe, takes a lot of practice and being still.
    Lovely photo.

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  7. I think that meditation is more about clarity and setting a date or time to practice that, I do not see it as a negative thing. I myself had to learn to quiet my mind. It is not easy especially with our hectic lives. I agree with the concept of being one with nature and attaining peace but ” the tricks” created are to help make the process of attaining peace easier.

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