this is the meditation techniques. a follow up to the one on the prior OMF.
technique number one.
definition. what is meditation?
is it renting space and having classes?
not so fast. it is, in core, attuning to the true mind.
ahhh. the true mind. is there such a thing?
there may well be. surely it is not the simplest thing to know.
hence, technique. the strategy is to uncover this core genuine mind, and hopefully make it into something that serves rather than hinders.
where is the mind located? well it is the energy body, so really, it might be sourced in the hara area, the dantien. this seems most logical. from the energy nexus, the meridians emanate, the chakras and energy lines that course over the energy body and trace the pattern of the physical body.
mediation is the key to stilling the discursive so that the genuine might be rediscovered.
where does light come in?
light is energy. light is consciousness.
so light is the carrier of the meaning.
time for a break.
is sitting necessary?
most likely it is. sitting is what stops the senses from ruling the show. you decouple from the tyrrany of the sense input ... and ahhhh .... now you have a chance to breathe .... to observe.
and breathing and observing are the core functions of the meditative practice.
so you sit in the cross legged, with hands resting on lap or on knees, thumb touching index finger.
the first method is breathing. with observation you're able to see how the breath is not dependent on the discursive thinking. in time the monkey gives up and leaves. then you have found you.
this is one step to the genuine mind, the ally rather than the pest. it gets better as the technique becomes refined and done with rigor and discipline.
how long you sit in zazen is not important because the body will instinctively know when to get up. that is a major serendipity. you will know when you've done the job.
and when you do get up, it will be like - ok back to the carnival. you appreciate so much this blissful silence that you have been priviledged to.
because the world is a carnival, and the thinking is pulled this way and that way and soon you don't know what your own mind is doing. so this is the reason to meditate. to uncouple from the carnival. to find the foundation.
and light is a feature of the love that lies in wait in the grander scheme of things.