Where mind ends, meditation begins, because whatever we do or achieve, is through the mind. When we turn inwards, we start thinking in terms of techniques, methods, doings, because experience shows us that everything can be done by the mind.
Except meditation. Because meditation is your nature. It is not something to be achieved; it has only to be recognised and remembered. It is there waiting for you; it is your being.
Meditation is absolute clarity, of vision. You cannot think about it. You have to drop thinking. ‘Drop thinking’ simply means don’t do anything. Sit, let thoughts settle themselves. Let the mind drop of its own accord. You just sit gazing at the wall, in a silent corner, not doing anything. Relaxed. Loose. With no effort. Not going anywhere. As if you are falling asleep — you are awake, relaxing, but the body is falling asleep.
You remain alert inside but the body is in deep relaxation. When energy turns in — what the Buddha calls Parabrutti, the coming back of your energy to the source — clarity is attained. Mind means words; self means silence.
Mind is all the accumulated words. Silence is that which has always been with you. It is your intrinsic quality.
On the background of silence you go on accumulating words, and the words in total are known as the mind. Silence is meditation. It is a question of shifting attention from words to silence — which is always there.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.