Saturday, February 9, 2013

Why Meditate?



Painter paints, the inspiration flows painting happens...Every painter can recognize when "painter" is not there, just painting...brush strokes...

Every musician have times when he feels the flow of music happening without "a doer"...when he "becomes an instrument"...

All activities happen, because they just happen. Sometimes, especially in creative activities, its clearly seeing that there is only movement, and there is no one who is doing it...

People call it Grace. 

Grace is Life living itself and noticing... awareness of this beautiful flow happening...

People ask why to continue to meditate when its seeing that separate self does not exist?

This question comes, because meditation seeing as a tool to seeing the truth of no "I", awakening, enlightenment...

For some of us meditation is a way Life moves, just like painter paints, architect builds, meditator meditates...its an inspiring action...

Steven Seagal, who was 92 at the time, Zen master, Gurgieff Way ealder, and a painter, used to wake up every morning at sunrise, go to the forest, sweep the leaves or showel from snow the way to his little meditation house, and sit...When he was asked why he continue to do it, he simply replied: “Why not?”

Why he continued to paint? Why he continued to see people from Gurgieff way and sit with them? Why he continued to meditate?  We do what we like, we do what we inspired to do,  we do what we delighted to do...

I am receiving some letters from people who used to meditate before awakening. They ask should they continue...I would say, it is so individual. My own everyday formal practice dropped, but I still enjoy to sit in silent retreats. Some, on a contrary, start to sit more frequently, because there is no “seeking flavor” in the seating, but more delight, exploration, expansion...Some continue to sit, because they feel the benefits of purification of the remaining conditioning in the mind. Some sit, because they love the groundness in the body and calm in the mind, for the same reason people do yoga and other practices.

Meditation also can continue in a not formal ways. It ‘spills” into life, and all activities become meditation.  So just enjoy it in any form it is for you, and if this not happening for you at all, then there is no movement there, and its exactly what is needed at this point. No need to push or feel “left behind”, as many formal meditators feel...Life knows the best what it needs, sit or dance, silence or exhilaration...



I very much enjoyed video of meditation teacher Shane Wilson where he describes the journey of the meditator-seeker arriving into rest and continue to enjoy his practice:






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