Saturday, July 28, 2012
Meditation - A Beginning
There's just one problem. The rational side of me, not fully knowing the possible benefits, has sapped my motivation for a long time. I mean, seriously. Who thinks it's a good idea to sit around for a half an hour or so doing absolutely nothing when there is so much which needs to be done and so much that is highly desirable to do?
So I've got a real cost/benefit struggle going on in my head about meditation. But it's gone on for so long that another rational side of me is making the argument to go ahead a try it, see if it works for me, and then forget about it if it doesn't work. That way it will be finally resolved one way or the other.
Sabio recently suggested meditation to me in one of our comment exchanges. He recommended following Shinzen Young's teaching of The Five Ways. That has turned out to be just the kick-in-the-pants I needed to give it a try.
Have you ever tried meditating? Have you ever wanted to? Shinzen's The Five Ways appears to be a very methodical way to practice, which is outlined in easy to understand language. Would you like to give it a try with me?
This weekend I plan on diving deeper into The Five Ways; committing to reading the first five chapters. Sometime this week, hopefully multiple times, I'll be beginning my practice of meditation. I'm going to post my experience with the practice along the way. If nothing else, it will be a way to motivate myself to keep going, but hopefully you will be able to see the value and struggles of beginning meditation as I muddle my way through it.
If you'd like to give it a try yourself, or follow along, Shinzen has graciously made the PDF teaching of The Five Ways available for free download. That's pretty awesome, I think.