Today meditation has almost become a fashion, this is hard to miss. There are so many ideas and opinions about it. And when our interest starts to grow, we might discover different traditions and schools.
On the one hand this is great because there is a tremendous benefit to learn to meditate for yourself, for the people around you and for our humanity in large. When properly understood, meditation can become the road that leads to freedom.
On the other hand there is also a danger that meditation would become just another consumer product. Some might use it as a mean to develop a kind of spiritual materialism. It might loose his original intent and meaning.
So what to do? Maybe we could ask ourselves: why should I meditate? There must be many billions of reasons to do so, and today I will share one of them that I found useful:
Observe without judging.
The art of meditation consists of observing, without judging, without evaluating. A great master of meditation, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche said:
“The very basis of our discontentment is our ongoing and never ending evaluation of the quality of our experience.”
Through some practice and patience we can un-do our constant judgements about everything and anything under the sun. We can let go of our excessive overthinking. We can just learn or learn again to free our mind.
By simply being. Just being.