Meditation: Doing vs. Being

Background

Meditation is not only an act of doing (mediation); it is more on the state of being (into meditation). Though there are different ways of doing meditation as well as many different reasons why people meditate, the state of being (into meditation) is the common denominator. The practice of meditation can manifest in a variety of forms or experiences; yet it remains to be meditation – nothing magical nor extraordinary. What can be magical though is how you’d then perceive or experience life to be the happier, better, or fulfilled you. That is magical.

Scenario

If you are asked to observe 2 meditation practitioners, which one is meditating?

Practitioner A was doing the lotus position, while practitioner B was lying on his back.

Practitioner A was doing the breathing techniques while practitioner B looks asleep.

What is your answer?

 

IMO: In My Opinion

I couldn’t answer it. Practitioner A seems doing the proper meditation techniques, but it does not mean he is into meditation. The same goes for practitioner B. Meditation is a personal quest. That is something we cannot judge.

Meditation is like the awareness that you are dreaming in your sleep or the awareness of being awake while in a dream. It is like the act of dreaming in your sleep and at the same time knowing that you are the dream yourself. I know this may sound confusing. But for those who have been practicing meditation, it is not an unusual experience. In fact, others might have a better way to put this into context.

 

How can this relate to our every day life?

In as much as doing can be measurable, personal touch comes not from the act of doing – but from the state of being. Spending most of your waking hours caring for the children and doing household chores can be extremely difficult and tiresome. The word obligation cannot serve as the primary motivation for doing such tasks. There must be a deeper motivation for the doing, or else the doing won’t last. When love motivates the doing, the act springs forth from the being. Though it can be still be tiresome, it is joyfully done and experienced.

 

Care to experiment?

  1. Give yourself 5-10 minutes a day for 30 days doing nothing.
  2. Doing nothing means you do this one thing. To experience being.
  3. Give time to be alone with yourself. You may sit, walk, or lay your back on the bed. You may close or open your eyes as long as you are on your own. Experience you (yourself). Yourself can be your worst enemy or your best friend.
  4. Be mindful of your breathing. If you know of some breathing techniques, you may do so. What is important is you be aware of your breathing. Observe how you breathe. Observe the pacing. Observe you breathing – until you can only be aware of the breathing.
  5. Open the windows of your mind. In other words, do not try to think of something nor should you try not to think of anything. Let it flow. If there is a thought that comes in, let it be. Do not entertain it. What comes in, let it flow in; and yet allow it to flow out as well.
  6. Write your experience. A few lines will do: “It was a boring experience,” or “I felt at peace,” or “I don’t understand why I am doing this, but I will do this again for 30 days.”
  7. Enjoy life not because of what you do. But because of who you are within.