Category: Meditation

Meditation 5

Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”, and elevated the mind, the user of words, to the primary way of knowing. But if I do not think, does it follow that I do not exist? Of course not. And what kind of knowing exists there?
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Meditation 4

Someone asked on Reddit how to start meditating, so I posted:
For me, first thing in the morning, otherwise the day takes over and there’s never any uninterrupted time. I’m lucky enough to work my own schedule, which helps.
Sit up straight.
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Meditation 3

When sitting, just experience what it is like to sit. The experience of the color red is fundamentally different from its description, from a description of the optical system, from details of its wavelength, how it is generated – in short, everything about it except the direct perception.
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Meditation 2

By continually bring attention back to the breath, there comes a point at which the thoughts seem to be flickering around the central column of breath like lightning; there is a sense of something other than thought being there. But this sense is not describable in any way – that would be thought, which it precisely isn’t, and that is the reason for following the breath – it’s a focus for the mind, a tether to hold it in place while it flaps furiously.
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Meditation 1

There are many sources that cover the mechanics of meditation (for example), but few go into very much detail on what it might produce. This is the first in a series of posts describing my experiences with sitting.
I try to sit every day for half an hour.
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