Friday, January 2, 2009
The very first step, when you begin to learn meditation, is to learn how to observe your own thoughts. As you continue with your practice you learn how to let the thoughts come and go without getting caught up in them.
And later, after many years of practice, as an experienced meditator, you are still "struggling" with the same thing. It is, from a meditation point of view, as if you’re a first grader in school for the rest of your life. You can not advance in your meditation studies as you do in an ordinary school. You will never reach higher levels. If you do, this is a clear sign that you have got caught up in mind stuff again.
So why practice meditation for years if it doesn't lead anywhere? Well, why sleep at night? Isn't sleeping just a waste of time?
(I'm a highly advanced sleeper? If you pay me well I can teach you how to do it right.)