The practice of meditation is not so difficult, it’s enough to sit still, silent, attentive, present and not to allow any identification to sweep us away, including the identification of being the meditator or the spiritual being, or the enlightened one.
What meditation requires is to be just the witness of what happens inside and outside of us, without attachments, or judgments – just seeing what happens. Mind becomes still or, if it persists, we just don’t pay attention to what it says, so we overcome another identification.
It’s not so difficult to be done for a half hour or an hour.
What is surely difficult is the perseverance, the diligence and the continuity that this practice requires, day by day, month by month, year by year, discovering gradually, what lies beyond appearances; and the most difficult is stopping “to practice meditation” and become “meditation ourselves”. Indeed, meditation is not a practice, it’s a state of being that has to be achieved (or rediscovered, depending on the various points of view). Anyway, at one point, meditation becomes an actual state of being – the practicing is in a constant state of meditation, always and everywhere.
And this same practicing continues to practice meditation, without struggling for something or to achieve a further state of being – just for practice.
Before that, the most difficult thing to understand is why meditate? Why is meditation useful? Is meditation useful?
Sometimes, there are some people that ask me to teach them to meditate because they feel stuck, anxious, depressed, or because they are just interested in practicing “something new” or “something trendy”, or because Osho said that meditation is a good thing.
They sit attentive, motionless, present, and need some explanations, and it’s a difficult thing (yes, also this is difficult) because many people lack the fundamentals which could allow them to begin an efficient meditational practice.
Sometimes, these same people have enough patience, desire and perseverance in trying to “understand” and practice meditation, so a speech may be made. For example, the reason for the statement, “meditation is not what you think you are thinking”. It can be done because they understand that almost no one has ever seen the mind as it is, without the content of thousands of thoughts that reflect themselves in the mirror of the mind, generating identifications and expressing conditionings kept in the depth of our subconscious field.
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself” said Basho, and this is meditation: sitting motionless and allowing the mind to become like a clean mirror, without reflections.
Sitting and just allowing ourselves to see what lies beyond the mind – the super-mental as called by Sri Aurobindo, and allowing ourselves to be washed by this unexperienced dimension.
After that, when nothing more happens, and nothing has to be witnessed, of what need is the witness? And “where” is the withess?
What has to be “witnessed”?