Short answer: Anything you want it to be … 🙂
These days you have many types of meditation: Full moon meditation, stress free meditation, Meditation on God, Mediation on the self, meditation with the flame, meditation to improve your concentration, Transcendental meditation, Peaceful meditation, after yoga class meditation, Zen meditation, Raja yoga meditation, Buddhist meditation….etc.
A car takes you from point A to point B while protecting the passenger from the elements. That is some definition of meditation, if it was like a car. There are many types of cars to choose from, however.
Meditation moves your consciousness. That is all.
Where it gets moved, varies according to mileage… 🙂
That is according to your experience.
Nevertheless, meditation as it is known today, is another attempt to free the self from the continuous turmoil caused by the incessant amount of thoughts…. Yes, it is the mind again.
Since most individuals are leading a stressful life style where there are many places to go and so little time to get there; then any chance we have to stop ( Stop light for the car) and “take the time to smell the roses,” would be highly appreciated by the inner self, which could be experienced as an “inner smile” of bliss which could be called an experience with God, with the self, with Nature, with the world, with angels, with whoever you believe in or feel connected to…
It is interesting to see how some people pay to “learn how to meditate,” here is the “how” for free: 🙂
Sit there and enjoy the moment. Be present. Let your mind go for a hike away from your feelings. That is all folks! Ohh yeah… if you expect to get something out of it, you will be disappointed. That is the catch!
So, what about the mantra or the hocus pocus environment with the chanting of “Om” … Those are the car colors to pick for your own car. Some like it bright, others not too showy…
What about posture? If you sit down, make sure that you know how to sit properly… The car needs to be aligned in its 4 wheels for the passenger to be comfortable in the ride…Easy enough?
In those moments that we afford to give ourselves a little break from mundane business, is when the experience of fulfillment, enjoyment, bliss etc. could be felt. Some may get addicted to those experiences and very disappointed if they do not come very often… Again is the mind comparing, trying to achieve something and not allowing things to unfold naturally, as they are supposed to be.
Is meditation able to change someone?
It depends what we mean by “changing someone.”
Meditation is not inner observation, although it could be used in that way and that could bring lasting changes in the self, when there is experience of “inner silence,” “inner peace” which could be described as “when you are not there” (your mind) that is the experience of being one with the totality of life.
This experience could be called as “emptiness” or the experience of being “a-temporal” as my friend Mathias calls it.
Many names and labels to describe the indescribable… As we integrate those moments of “chilling out” into our lives; meditation becomes living life as long as there is awareness.
Mediation then, is no longer a 30 minutes routine of sitting someplace while listening to New age music, but living life itself turns into a meditative state of being.
Thoughts bring the sense of separation, individuality.
Feelings bring the sense of unity with all as an expression of the inner being.
When we observe the one who produces those feelings, we discover a center of consciousness; we could discover bliss for the first time.
When we look at Nature and when thinking is over, the consciousness of being there observing arises. That is the self without a personality.
During meditation when the observer observes the observer, feels the observer, peace and bliss could arrive. That bliss is not there all the time due to our own “doubts.” That is, that personality built around it with all its hang ups, repressions, moral standards, traditions, traumas and sufferings.
That baggage is not allowing us to be in touch with that peace and bliss which we are.
We are “that” which we are looking for. 🙂
In this consciousness there could be that sense of separation again, for it will be the first time when looking inwards will make sense. “Inwards vs. Outwards.”
There is no “other” thing needed to bring life to our lives. It is right there in us.
Tapping this consciousness means to see everything as a “game.” There will not be a need to “acquire” something to bring value to ourselves. Here is when the perception of the body as a colorful paper, wrapping the candy is known without any other practices, it comes naturally. There is no need to deny the paper wrapping and to avoid it, but merely to acknowledge its beauty as a paper wrapping.
It is in this state when loneliness becomes something from the past, for we are content with our own existence but at the same time happy to share “that” with “others.”
Balance and harmony occurs when there is inner fulfillment. To be conscious of our own consciousness becomes the “thing” to observe.
From our physical movements, we could switch to observing our thoughts and feelings and from that the observer, the being. It is in that consciousness when we could understand the words of “being created to God’s image.”
Before that, it was a romantic moment of love or a thought. Now is “me” being equal to “God,” but without those words to separate; then there is “sameness,” “equality.” As consciousness increases, words do not do a good job in describing the experience.
There is a world to observe and to understand in the inner world. From this vision the game of union and separation is a manifestation of duality, the game of life.
The understanding and experience of the other types of consciousness will give a person automatic openness, receptiveness, open-mindedness, tolerance and empathy, all of that without “making effort.”
🙂 It is effortless.
However, it seems that there is more to it, which hasn’t been experienced by Avyakt7. That is what Buddhism calls “emptiness.”
Emptiness of what?
Emptiness of individuality; that is back to the whole, back to the totality, to the “movie of life.”
Wholesomeness. The ultimate unity. Communion.
The observer separates itself from what is being observed, just to recognize that what is being observed is the extent of the observer.
Plainly, life is the movie of a dog chasing its own tail. In one state of consciousness, the dog believes to be separated from its tail.
Until the dog bites its own tail, after making so much “effort” to grab it… Ouch! 😦
Then the dog will wake up with a new state of consciousness.
The dog is one with his tail. 🙂
When there is no dog, there is no tail.
But “there is” something which is neither the dog nor the tail.
There is life, consciousness, existence. That is all.