reply to post by xXR34P3RXx
When I started meditation, I honestly thought that I would sit silently in my room, and then float off to start having tea with the angels in the
clouds. I thought that they would teach me how to shoot plasma balls and read minds.
Now while that could be possible, I realised that what I actually gained from meditation was much more powerful than that. This is why I agree that
these 'supernatural powers' will actually hinder your path to clarity, so to speak.
A while back, I read something interesting (sorry, can't remember the source), but it said that meditation is not the act
of sitting with a
quiet mind, but rather the action
of quieting the mind.
So when you think it's not working, ignore those thoughts, and calm your mind = meditation.
When your face is itchy, scratch it if you need to, and calm your mind again = meditation.
When someone cuts in front of you on the road while driving, be accepting and calm your mind = meditation.
You can slowly see that, as the practice increases, meditation starts to slide into your 'waking' life.
In the beginning, just get used to that state of mind in a quiet place by yourself.
One can then identify and grow accustomed to the art of calming one's mind. So just like downloading a file on your PC, things work a lot better when
you aren't using up any unnecessary processing power.
Absolutely everything else will come as a result of that.
A nice analogy is ten-pin bowling: When you bowl the ball slowly towards the centre pin, walk up the aisle next to it. The real act of meditation is
you following the ball, tapping it back towards the centre line, when it begins to stray towards the gutter.
This is all my opinion, of course. But my advice is that you start meditating with one, and only one desire:
When my mind wonders, I will keep it still. Everytime you do that, you master meditation.
So the more times you think it is not working, the better