July 12, 2009

What is. . .

Being present. . .

Without struggle. . .

Being present. . . to what is . . . without struggle

Meditation is about being present to what is, without struggle. Paradoxically, that sometimes may mean being present to the struggle. (How can that be? Seems illogical. . . It is a pointer. It is like a natural koan – something we cannot penetrate in advance with reasoning apparatus – something to be understood through life experience.)

In formal meditation and in daily life we may notice moments when we are just present, without struggle.

Sometimes our noticing this triggers a series of thoughts that takes us out of simple presence.

However, eventually we can become familiar with these moments of presence and allow them to be, for as long as they naturally last, without disrupting them and without trying to artificially prolong them (which is another way of disrupting them).

This natural presence is something that is intrinsic to our nature — a deep and fundamental part of our nature.

If we experience a moment of pure presence, in meditation or in daily life, we can be deeply grateful — our meditation was fruitful.

We do not spend most of our life being present and aware without struggle. It only occurs for moments. Over time, these moments can become longer, with familiarity.

It is hard for us to imagine how we could live a normal life maintaining simple presence. It is best no to try to imagine it, creating more fantasies, thoughts, and complications. Just trust the process.

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2 Responses to “”

  1. Katy Sharko said

    Meditation brings a strong sense of spirituality to me, even though I don’t consider myself religious. Meditation seems to bring me a perception of my true place in the universe. It gives me moments where I’m aware that the entire universe indeed is not just me and what’s happening inside my tiny bubble of a body.

    Some people go their whole lives and never feel this — or maybe they do feel it, but brush it off as instances of daydreaming, not knowing what caused it. Or instances of “God talking to me”.

    I have no idea whether there really is one or more God in this universe and of what denomination he/she/it may be; however, I do know that these moments of mental grounding and clarity aren’t only reserved for those who outwardly profess themselves to be of a particular religion.

  2. Paul Bail said

    I absolutely agree, Katy. This opening up to a feeling of the vastness of life and the universe also feels “spiritual” to me — especially because, in my experience, there is a deep feeling of interconnection and “belongingness” that underlies that opening up.

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