Meditation is more than just sitting on a cushion, and is absolutely not “blanking the mind” or disconnecting from the world and floating off to a happy place.
Meditation IS a stilling of the body, so that the mind can look at and face the events and emotions that have been experienced—to see and accept things as they are, no more and no less.
Meditation allows us to step out of fundamental self-deception. This approach is not cutting off the thought process altogether, but is loosening it up. Thoughts become transparent and loose, so that they can pass through or float around in our minds more easily. Thoughts are often very heavy and sticky, and they hang around, demanding that we pay attention to them. But with this approach, the thought process becomes relaxed and fluid, fundamentally transparent. In this way, we learn to relate to our thought process, rather than trying to attain a state without thoughts altogether. [Chögyam Trungpa]
Repetitive and routine tasks can be excellent meditation sessions. Taking the morning shower, washing the nightly dishes, and even the afternoon drive home from work or the long stretch of a road trip vacation are all wonderful opportunities to turn within and let the dust of life settle down.
Of course, tools can intentionally be used for meditation as well, whether spoken, guided meditations, or visual meditations and contemplations you read yourself, such as can be found in the MindPoint blog section of Still Yourself.
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