The Essence of Meditation
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is the essence of meditation?”
“Haven’t we gone through this already?”
“We’re going to keep going through this until I manage to implement it.”
“There’s five aspects to it:
Intention-Setting is essentially Priming. This is how you initiate the practice. You can set the intention ahead of time (eg I’m going to meditate immediately after I wake up), or in the moment (eg I’m going to perform this action as meditation).
Focus-Point refers to choosing one point of focus and trying to maintain your attention on it. I say ‘trying’ because your attention will INEVITABLY wander.
The last three combined form the core of the practice. Thinking in terms of rep(etition)s, like in physical training, combined they constitute one quality-rep – or beautiful-rep, as I like to call it.
Meta-Awareness refers to noticing that your attention has wandered.
Response refers to managing your reaction to it. The keys here are Non-Judgmental Acceptance, and Loving Kindness.
Return refers to gently bringing your attention back to your focus-point.
A beautiful focus-point is the breath. But it can be the sensations in your body, an emotion, or anything else. You can choose any item in your environment and focus on it.
These are the purely technical aspects of the practice. Consistently perform quality-reps of it and you can get great benefits. However you can upgrade [<link; short] it by turning it into a spiritual practice.”
“Make every single meditation a Loving Meditation.
You’re thus imbuing the practice with Meaning.
Love is a meta-practice.
Using the macro/micro model, we might think of Love as the macro focus-point, and of your chosen point of focus as the micro focus-point.
Or, using the foreground/background model, we might think of Love as the background, and of your chosen point of focus as the foreground.”