The art of meditating in 15 minutes…well I tried. Meditation is Just Sitting. The Buddha snow globes is a wonderful metaphor in form for how thoughts are a snow storm in our mind and Just Sitting with right intention cal restore clarity. Our mind original state is clear. We are not born thinking. It is our culture that is built on thinking, and when we are acculturated, our minds become a mini-culture. As our culture is disturbed, we are disturbed. Or let me say instead of Me…you.
You are the culture and the culture is you…..until…you lean to sit and let thoughts gradually subside. Thinking never stops, but it can be transformed from a storm to a few flakes.
Using the snow storm as a metaphor, when we get confused, lost, worried, conflicted, and depressed (all the negative stuff), we are caught in the storm of our own thinking, and we can’t see where we are, which is always already Just Here.
When you are Just Here, you are Just Sitting, and you are just meditating. If you try to find Just Here, the thought of finding Just Here is shaking the snow globe. All effort, all trying to be better than you are, which means not Just Here, is shaking the snow globe. When we realize that, meditation begins.
Just Sitting, just standing, just lying down, just walking…just doing what you are doing without thinking about it, without putting yourself outside of what you are doing…that is meditation. We make meditation complicated, esoteric, unobtainable, and a means to an end. When you stand, is standing a means to stand? When you sit is sitting a means to something other than sitting? When you make meditation simple, it is simple. And we do it all the time without realizing that we are meditating.
The benefit in formal seated meditation which has no purpose at all, is to practice Just Sitting. If you are going to be a master of anything, you have to practice. If you are going to master you life, you have to practice Just Sitting.