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How To Begin And Understand The Art Of Meditation

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 How To Begin And Understand The Art Of Meditation

It is important for clarity that when we think of CONTEMPLATION, we need to understand that it means ‘directed thinking’. It is true that we will all think, though this is most definitely not contemplation. According to Freud this is merely association. Indeed one thought process leads to another without any direction from an individual. The thought itself leads to another because of association. So far so good.

An example would be relevant, if we see a dog crossing the street. The moment you see the dog, your mind starts thinking about dogs. The dog has led you to this thought, and then the mind has many associations. As in when you were a child, you were afraid of a particular dog. That dog comes to the mind and then the childhood comes to the mind. Then dogs are forgotten; then just by association you begin to daydream about your childhood. Then the childhood goes on being connected with other things, and you move in circles.

More specifically there is no apparent link only that of association. For another person crossing the street, that same dog would not have the same association, it would be something entirely different. What is actually happening is that with any one given person associated chains are occurring and the minds processes like a computer. Thus one thing can lead to another and so forth.

If we look at thoughts and distractions, it is advisable to write these down as concisely as possible. It is argued that there is no relation between two thoughts, and you go on doing this type of thinking. Again this is just association.

Moving on, it has been said that thinking becomes contemplation only when it moves not-through association, but as directed. Working on a given problem only. Your mind will try its escape route, but sticking to the task in hand, cutting off all other thought processes, only one road for you to direct your mind.

Notably it has been argued that contemplation is NOT concentration. The two differ from the point of view that science is based on contemplation. Any logical thinking is contemplation: thought is directed, thinking guided. Thus ordinary thinking is absurd. Contemplation is both logical and rational. Phew its alot to take on board, lets persevere.

In addressing Yoga which is concerned with concentration. Moreover, the yogic mind has its thinking focused, fixed at one point; no movement is allowed.

In terms of meditation, we now know that with ordinary thinking, the mind can go anywhere. Whereas with contemplation, there is only one route. The hub is that with meditation the mind is NOT allowed at all.

To summarise, meditation equals no mind, whereas in concentration the mind can be at one point.

The purpose of meditation is to concentrate because we want to reach our Goal. We meditate because we want to live in the heart of the Goal. We contemplate because we want to become the Goal.

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