There are no shortcuts. Even though you will read advertising saying go deeper than a trained Buddhist monk. They also said this about drugs.
According to OSHO, when you are not doing anything at all, as in when all activity has ceased and you simply are just being, that’s what meditation is. Concentration is doing. Contemplation is doing. When there is no mind and you go beyond mind, then we are meditating. Meditation is not against action, you don’t have to escape from life. It simply teaches you a new way of life. You become the watcher not the doer. Doing will always happen like chopping wood and carrying water.
Meditation is a very simple phenomenon yet over the years we have lost our way with many ideas and opinions that complicate the way to our centre.
Over the years I have experienced many different techniques in meditation, from mantras to isolation up a mountain, fasting and painful silent sitting for hours. Which is the best? I cannot possibly give you the answer to this. Each of us has to find it individually on this amazing journey we are experiencing. Sometimes things come to us and we can only accept it in the mind, then some time later it reappears and we are ready to fully experience it. An experience I have had recently is a book that I found in my library which I read years ago for my Chinese medicine study. I remember I was not that interested at the time as it was not from the East or had the flavour of being steeped in history. I was drawn to it just the other day and now cannot put it down as I fully experience the meaning and its depth, which has helped me enormously in my recovery.
The other day I read a Facebook post from someone saying that they had done Yoga and then Pilates in the morning, then had an acupuncture session and massage in the afternoon followed by meditation and dancing in the evening. We cannot possibly process and deal with this much energy change and expect for it to be of true benefit. Maybe the mind feels better for a while as we tick the boxes of things that we think will benefit us on this journey.
Sometimes when starting in the meditation journey we force things or push, thinking there must be some merit in our dedication. This I have found takes us even further away from what we want to achieve. I have found to take the journey of meditation in chunks, small bits at a time until such a time that we naturally take longer in that space of no mind and being the watcher of all the thoughts that come to us.
For me no balanced perspective can be gained without meditation in some form. What are your experiences with meditation?