What really is Meditation?
There is so much talk of meditation, and there are so many variations and perspectives. This my favourite answer by Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, as it says an enormous amount in few words…
“Meditation is thinking more and more on less and less ,and becoming no thing and no body!”
…totally love it, thank you Meenakshi!
The wonderful Adhyatma yoga of Shanti Sadan says:
“In meditation, we are essentially looking to discover the level of Being. In practice we do this by learning to control and direct our thoughts and deepen the realisation that we are not our thoughts.
So in meditation we aim to make the mind still .
It is a balance of stillness and absolute a.iveness that are the characteristics of maturing meditation”
(Editors note: Yes …not the quiet dullness of stupor which many think!)
Finally I offer the Classic Sutra 111.2 of Patanjalis yoga sutras
“Meditation is an unbroken flow of thought toward the object of concentration. When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering…like a flame of a lamp in a windless place.”
Sounds easy eh ..suck it and see!