What is The Right Attitude for Meditation – Part 1

meditateWhat is The Right Attitude for Meditation(the centre’s own pamphlet for yogis)the most important thing when you are meditating is to have the right attitude. When meditating:Don’t focus too hardDon’t controlDon’t try to create somethingDon’t force or restrict yourselfDon’t try to create anythingBut don’t reject what is happeningBut as things happen or stop happening, don’t forget. Be aware of them.Trying to create something is lobha (greed). Rejecting what is happening is dosa (aversion). Not knowing if something is happening or has stopped happening is moha (delusion).Only when the observing mind has no lobha, dosa, nor soka (worry-anxiety) inside it, then the meditating mind will arise.You have to double check to see what attitude you are meditating with. You have to accept and watch both good and bad experiences. You only want good experiences. You don’t want even the tiniest unpleasant experience. Is this fair? Is this the way of the Dhamma?Don’t have any expectations. Don’t want anything. Don’t be anxious. Because if these attitudes are in your mind, it becomes difficult to meditate.Why are you focusing so hard when you meditate? You want something to stop happening? It is likely that one of these attitudes is there you are practising.You cannot practise when the mind is tense. If the mind and body are getting tired it is time to check the way you are meditating.Meditation is waiting and watching with awareness and comprehension-understanding.Not thinking, not reflecting, not judging.Don’t practise with a mind that wants something or wants something to happen. e only result will be that you will tire yourself.e meditating mind should be relaxed and at peace.Both the mind and the body should be comfortable. A light and free mind enables you to meditate well. Do you have the right attitude? Meditating is, whatever happens good or bad, accepting, relaxing and watching it.What is the mind doing? inking? Or being aware?Where is the mind now? Inside? Or outside?Is the watching-observing mind properly aware? Or only superficially aware?You are not trying to make things turn out the way you want it to happen. You are trying to know what is happening as it is.Don’t feel disturbed by the thinking mind. You are not supposed to reject the object (phenomena — things that are happening — being known).You are to know (and thus note-observe) the defilements that arise because of the object and thus remove them.Only when there is Saddha, (faith) Viriya (effort) will arise.Only when there is Viriya, Sati will become continuous.Only when Sati is continuous, Samadhi will become continuous.Only then Samadhi is established, then you will know things as they really are.When you start to know things as they really are, Saddha then increases further.Just pay attention to what is, exactly in the present moment.Don’t go back to the past!Don’t plan for the future!e object is not important.e mind that is working in the background, working to be aware i.e. the observing-watching mind, is more important.If the observing-watching mind is done with the right attitude the object will be the right object.

from – Contemplation of the Mind


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