what is meditation?
Meditation is commonly described as a training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditioned mind and habitual thinking, and reveals the nature of reality. Both the process and the fruit of meditation practice can be understood as Natural Presence. The two wings of presence are a mindful, clear recognition of what is happening — here, now — and the openness, the allowing space that includes all experience. There are many supportive strategies, like relaxing and “re-mindfulness” that create an atmosphere conducive to deepening presence. The art of practice is employing these strategies with curiosity, kindness and a light touch. The wisdom of practice is remembering that Natural Presence is always and already here. It is the loving awareness that is our essence.
The attitude that will serve your practice is unconditional friendliness towards the whole meditative process. Try not to judge your experience. Rather, accept however the meditation unfolds and regard your experience with interest and care. It is your sincerity, not skill or chosen meditation technique, that gives rise to awakening and freedom!