Meditation is ….. Why Meditate? … So we can Let It Be!
Feel more, judge less.
I am judgmental by nature. Some would say critical. I have been working in meditation to decrease judgement and increase the “Let it be”, “So it goes”, “This too shall pass” response. I think it is working.
The theory: Mind silent – – Judgement level at zero.
When you are in state of meditation you are watching things and letting them go by. This is not a matter of effort. This is a matter of interested but dispassionate observation.
The Practice: Breathe, Settle, Observe.
Once you are settled, breathing deeply and calmly, start watching the breath. Watch thoughts, watch worries and opinions. Let them be like clouds crossing the sky or balloons floating up and away. Neither good nor bad. Permissable thoughts include: “Hmmmm that is interesting.” I keep thinking this and it keeps making me feel this or that and now I will let that go.”
The work is to keep letting it go. It will surely be waiting for you later anyway!It is pretty fantastic once we learn to be neutral as opposed to: “Oh No! what am I going to do!? I should be this or that.”
Feeling like you cannot disentangle from all of those seductive thoughts and ideas?? Use the breath to bring you back. Start noticing how the air feels coming into the body, down to the lungs and back out. this should distract your mind and help settle it.
A note on Judgment:
Judgment means to evaluate in order to make a decision about something. Sometimes this is a really good thing otherwise we would make mistakes of a practical and moral nature all the time.
The benefit of learning how to be judgment free is that we are less harsh on ourselves and others. Let it BE! is the motto. WAtch it. Observe it just as it is… No impulse to change it or shift it. Just watch. This is a peaceful place. It creates a sense of calm from which fruitful and beneficial judgments can be made. Real dsicernment as opposed to reflexive . Felt response vs. automatic reaction.
So really we are saying evaluate less. Likes and dislikes, evaluations based on looks, actions, decisions. Try to observe rather than evaluate.