Two men meet on the street.
One asks the other: "Hi, how are you?"
The other one replies: "I’m fine, thanks."
"And how’s your son? Is he still unemployed?"
"Yes, he is. But he is meditating now."
"Meditating? What’s that?"
"I don’t know. But it’s better than sitting around and doing nothing!"
Meditation is a condition beyond thinking
If all thinking is gone, no thought moves, no demands emerge when you are absolutely quiet – this silence is Meditation.
Observe only your thought process and do nothing at all, simply be a watcher only, be indifferent and observe without to say that is good or that is bad. You do not need to do anything.
Silence is the deepest form of meditation. The more deeply someone dives down in his innermost self, the more quietly he becomes. And nevertheless straight this silence contents the entire potential of our aliveness, which can rise each moment upward and unfold. What sound like the poetry of silence, it is the human life in truth.
Find a reasonably comfortable and alert position. Back and head should be straight, eyes closed and breathing normal. Stay as still as possible, only changing position if it is eally necessary. While sitting, the primary object is to be watching the rise and fall of the belly, slightly above the navel, caused by breathing in and out. It is NOT a concentration technique, so while watching the breath, many other things will take your attention away. Nothing is distraction in Vipassana, so when something else comes up, stop watching the breath, pay attention to whatever is happening until it’s possible to go back to your breath. This may include thoughts, feelings, judgements, body sensations, impressions from the outside world, etc.
This is a slow, ordinary walk in a circle of 10 to 15 steps based on the awareness of the feet touching the ground. Eyes should be lowered on the ground a few steps ahead. While walking, the attention should go to the contact of each foot as it touches the ground. If other things arise, stop paying attention to the feet, notice what else took your attention and then return to the feet.
First Stage - 25 minutes: sitting
Second Stage - 10 minutes: walking
Third Stage - 25 minutes: sitting
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