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Letting meditation happen: Day 22 of Wildmind’s 100 Day Meditation Challenge

100 day meditation challenge 022Have you ever had the experience that you’ve been experiencing distractedness in meditation, and you return from a distraction only to find that — in your absence — a state of joy and calmness has been created for you? That was my experience tonight. A state of joy and calm had been created without my doing anything consciously to bring it about.

At the same time I noticed this I found that, as has been happening a lot lately, an urge appeared to “just rest.” I needed to get out of the way, stop trying to do anything, and allow the meditation to happen.

I see this as a teaching on anatta (not-self). It’s interesting so see “not-me” being so much better at meditation than “I” am. There are parts of my mind that have internalized the skills of meditation, and those parts function better the less they are “owned” by the part of me that thinks it is “Me” (very much with a capital M).

It’s not as mysterious as it sounds. Think about walking. Or don’t. When you’re walking you’re best not to think about exactly how to move all the individual muscles in your legs. If you did, walking would be a lot of effort, and not very effective. The whole thing would be painful and exhausting. But that’s not what you do. Instead you just let “not-you” do the walking (which it does very well, on the whole) while “You” — or the alleged You — get on with something else. It’s exactly the same in meditation, although it seems to be easier to learn to trust “not-you” to walk than it is to trust “not-you” to meditate. I wonder why that is? Is it because we learn to walk so young?

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Bodhipaksa is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and a published author. He founded Wildmind in 2001. Bodhipaksa has published many guided meditation CDs and guided meditation MP3s.

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Comment from Mandy
Time: January 22, 2013, 11:57 am

Great, really enjoying these daily useful short posts.


Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: January 22, 2013, 12:00 pm

Thanks. It’s kicking my ass to produce these every day! If you ever feel like knocking out a couple of hundred words on how it’s going for you, then feel free :)


Comment from Andy
Time: January 22, 2013, 4:24 pm

Just a thought, Bodhipaksa. When you get to 25 you could switch to posting every 5 days.


Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: January 22, 2013, 5:57 pm

But if I did that I might run out of things to be stressed about ;)


Comment from Mandy
Time: January 23, 2013, 6:35 am

Will give it some thought. But you’ve only got 88 more posts to go ;)


Comment from Andy
Time: January 27, 2013, 5:34 am

Bodhipaksa: “I might run out of things to be stressed about”
Andy: “Yeah. right!”
Don’t believe for a moment that your mind is *that* uncreative.

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