Wednesday, August 20, 2008
What meditation does
Meditation is something that I don't consciously think about. It seems that it just happens when I'm in a situation where there aren't interruptions or things to divert my attention. I meditate especially well when I'm on the boat, and I wake up in the morning listening to the wind and the waves. Meditation means that I turn inward in a positive way, but at the same time I'm sensing the outward influence of my HP manifested in nature, in simplicity, in quietude.
Meditation puts a space around me that insulates me from intrusions of the world. I no longer obsess about the alcoholic, work issues, my character defects, or any other outward influences. It is my time to be focused on myself.
I like to let my mind become a blank slate and not ponder the complexities of life--that seems to be the time that I am most in the moment. I'm not thinking of anything particular, but I am soaking up what is around me through my senses. It's strange that I never could quiet my mind long enough to just "be", but over the past several months, I've been able to just sit and not have anything much flowing through me but a sense of peace. It's a good feeling.