Since the reader “IamAmonkeyMindAnd2Impatient2sitQuiet” defined meditation as “Taking care of life, well being, soul, body, and loved ones in order to be in a meditative state” … “not about closing your eyes and focus on breath”.
I would like to clarify quickly that I think we should distinguish between taking care of life (which certainly is noble, but something different), and calming our minds.
I actually think that many gurus, like the guy who called himself Osho did exploit that weakness in people and by giving them absolution not to have to sit quiet and therewith got rich people (usually the ones who run around a lot), excited to donate to him millions. That doesn’t make it right for me, to say that everything we do with passion would be meditation.
- In my opinion we should distinguish between calming our mind and an ethical lifestyle in awareness.
Calming our mind is to slowly let brainwaves calm down from Horse-Gamma to Wisdom-Trance-Delta.
2. Then there is this guy who explains difficulties meditating in a nice way us normal people can relate to, and you can see around 8 minutes that he distinguishes meditation clearly from ethics etc…
3. And finally: Here is how a wise guy helps us to get started:
(Don’t worry ADHD-millenials: I selected only 3 1/2 minutes of that for you).
Ah and one last tip
Everything thinks that we could start with that once we get old and only can sit around.
That doesn’t work, because senile people don’t have the power to focus anymore.
You see that in old people who look at the TV without actively engaging in the movie.
They have the time to watch TV, and lack the power to be impatient, but they don’t have the mind for it anymore.
It’s a long way, so start as early as you can, because it takes decades to build up the patience and focus.
Vivekananda put it in funny terms here:
“How hard it is to control the mind! Well has it been compared to the maddened monkey. There was a monkey, restless by his own nature, as all monkeys are. As if that were not enough some one made him drink freely of wine, so that he became still more restless. Then a scorpion stung him. When a man is stung by a scorpion, he jumps about for a whole day; so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. To complete his misery a demon entered into him. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey? The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard to control such a mind!“