In my ongoing discussion with blogger “knightMare” we had different definitions of meditation – hers including an holistic and ethical lifestyle and mine merely the quietness of the mind.
As commendable as I do consider her other values, I still believe that the clearer a definition is more useful to be used to express oneself clearly; hence there are so many facets in speech.
The reason why I think this is important is not to be a smart-ass, but because I sense that if someone includes other terminologies s/he may not feel obliged to try to sit quiet for 3 minutes daily.
Instead of arguing, I propose the following fun-experiment to you when you have time to spare:
- Check the time or press start on a stopwatch
- Look up ‘most viewed youtube channels‘ (you choose them yourself)
- and check a bunch of them out one by one.
- Stop your stopwatch or look at the time how long you spent doing that.
- Then set yourself a timer of an equal amount of time (if for example you spent half an hour doing that, then set your timer also to half an hour).
- Get away from your digital device, start your egg-timer, (preferably look out of your window or into nature)
- and think about what you actually just saw or what it means to you
- And then at a later point in the day (after this tremendous bunch of impressions is settled) you can again set your eggtimer for the same amount of time and just observe what happens in your mind – first the boredom, then the observation of your observation, etc. (it is likely that you have much less patience for that than watching youtube videos, and that is normal, but just give it your best shot and observe how long you could stand it.
- Step two was the pleasurable distractive monkey-mind-business
- step five, the quieting contemplation.
- and step six finally, meditation.
If you disagree, let me know in the comments.
(And btw: This is actually a reason why I like yoga-meditation, because it is a compromise of the total boredom of nothingness to at least doing something repetitative – just as mantras which are used in all religions for example, only in a more potent way.)