All things arise from pure potential. Similarly, plain silent meditation is the ground that informs other practices. Chanting, dancing, studying, ethical eating, ethical lifestyle – these are ways of taking what is found in meditation into the rest of your life. Spontaneously developing humility, naturally dissolving fear, attachment and anger – awareness of these changes is deepened in meditation. Meditation has a relationship with everything else. It is can be a test that reveals where you are at, a practice that cultivates progress, a nurturing zone that heals unconditionally. Or the folks in Zen might rather say it can be a way to peel off the layers that cover your natural shine.
Some who are interested in meditation might feel in the beginning it is difficult vague or confusing, or they never seem to get around to doing it regularly. Yet we find time and focus to do all kinds of other things. We are focused on ensuring that we consume things and entertain ourselves – going to great lengths to find the time and the money. And we take up much of our time planning and conversation about the details.
Some people find time for yoga, chanting and other meditative practices. Overall, few people get around to silent sitting meditation – the plainest, baseline re-set available to us, and the one referred to by most masters and recognized teachers of spirituality.
Plain sitting meditation is the fundamental, direct method of letting one’s constructs fall away entirely, to see what “is”. This “what is” – some call it God, others “Emptiness” “Paramatman”, “Buddha Nature” “True Self”. Meditation is not an “add-on” or a flavour. It is the prime method of healing. It is a natural functional activity like sleeping, that we have lost track of. Animals do it, rocks do it. Sitting in silence is the Master Practice, the one thing you can do, that is doing nothing else but simply being.