A friend asked me to define meditations worth, he knows I love meditation and find value in the act. The Japanese have a philosophy that says there are three aspects of the changing “self.” One is is for the general public, another for people with whom we have a close relationship, the last is when we are alone.
And there it is! The first two are conditioned personality, the third is how I am in meditation the instant I accept that the noisy stream of thought is a small part of who I am. And, in meditation, at least the version I embrace, I can see the difference between socially conditioned personality and the truthful self that is the combination of bio/psycho/social/emotional risings in any moment. (Meditation is a focus of attention, it’s not necessary to sit on a cushion or chair in some pre-decided position. It’s a part of every moment no matter where we happen to be. Although I love the experience of the cushion!)
How is this valuable, experiencing the stream of thoughts movement? I experience how fleeting and vague thoughts are, I see how I attach to extracted thoughts and turn them into dramatic monsters who rule life, and I experience how sense input doesn’t need any projected thought structure. Life has a dramatic essence that doesn’t need to be enhanced by projected ideas, opinions, judgements, and labels.
I can see, smell, appreciate the apple blossom without a single label or thought. Just how I am being with how it is. How beautiful, a human being, being.
Embrace this day, the hot weather dissipated over the night and it’s moving into a special season, fall. It’s change personified.