First Glance: Meditating & Personal Attainment
At first clear infinite space, but then words, images, and phrases intercept; an ongoing parade of broken fragments. After a short time, patience is gone and you give into the frivolity of a rampant conscience. I imagine the wordless peace will come with practice.
I wasn’t sure of the right ways to meditate, but I tried what made sense to me. First by concentrating on a thought or an image, then trying to remain with it for as long as I could. It’s worth trying alone, in a quite room when starting out, especially if you suffer from the distraction of minuscule noises. Being in a group, at least in my experience, has a different metaphysical grace. At once you feel part of a spiritual community participating in a ritual. You lose yourself—the shame and the negative misconceptions seem to drizzle out and fade to the true reality being. It matters what kind of guide you have, but ultimately, even it they are not to your liking, it is up to you continue on.
- If you’re up for it, meditate in public spaces, find a quiet desert, or a place you wouldn’t normally approach for that use. I tried for a while— sitting on the train, headed for a long trip. I did my best to ignore the noise, announcements and clusters of voices. It wasn’t perfect, with breaks here and there. Eventually I maintained concentration. Later opening my eyes, I was nearly at the end of my trip.
On the long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest possession.
— BUKKYO DENDO KYOKAI: Buddha’s teachings
- Below are two videos to get a better idea with his holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, among other teachers. The video explains the essence of meditating in its basic form. There are other videos that supply a variety of practices, some with guides, music or chants, but this one mainly describes Tibetan buddhist philosophy, and how to practice the teachings along with meditation.
- There is something to be said for the person, who can decide which thoughts stay around and which are thrown to the distance. Happiness is initially found within the self and later given to the external, as opposed to only manipulating the outside. I have ways to go, but the middle is not going anywhere. I know it’s there. It lies between all extremes.