The Meditation Challenge that you’re going through is watering seeds of deep possibility.
They’re not coming from me. They’re not coming from Thich Nhat Hanh or whoever the person you might like to project onto that is wise and knowledgeable. Those seeds are inside yourself.
They’re more your true nature than any story that your thinking mind can concoct and so I wish you well as your meditation challenge continues to unfold with one more piece of advice. Don’t make meditation into a big deal either.It’s nothing other than life itself unfolding in awareness moment by moment.
So as I said, “Just This”. When you rest in Just This, the entire world is already awake in an entirely different way than it was the moment before. and so meditation is not all about navel gazing and self centeredness. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. If you want to heal the world, then what the world is most starving for is you and your true nature to appear.
And then in a selfless way, in an ethical way, give what is possible to give to your community to the world that is in such sorry need of generosity, kindness, caring, compassion. The real challenge is to be who you are already, since of course, you can’t help it.
But we get so distracted in so much in our own way that we’re always trying to get back to some place that actually where we don’t need to attain because we’re already what we’re looking for, so simply settling in underneath my words, inside the words and what they’re pointing to in yourself.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that there’s a lot going on in the present moment, But one thing you can count on, no matter what else is going on in your mind, for instance, is that, the body is breathing, no matter what’s going on in your life. And so the breath, it’s kind of a reliable anchor for your attention.
And just as with the sound of the bells, you can drop into the feeling of sitting in an erect and dignified posture if you’re sitting or lying down or standing.
This is from Jon’s wonderful meditation and talk in the Time To Chill Meditation Challenge.