Is Relaxation a Myth Created to Torment Adults?



Simple Instructions For The Practice of Meditation.

Recently, I asked a class, “Why did you come to the practice of meditation?”

One person, a long time student, replied, “Simply put, I got tired of all the crap.”

When we come to the practice of meditation, often times, we are exhausted. We have been running around like chickens with our heads cut-off trying to get our relationships and careers in order—trying to piece our lives together. Getting our lives in order is like herding cats. We have been in the business of micromanaging all the details of our lives for far too long, and are looking for a way out.


All too often, meditation is introduced as a more effective means of micromanagement. We are instructed to crawl into our heads—a place many of us spend too much time—and asked to manage our thoughts. This is a cruel game that quickly spirals out of control, because the only resource we have at our disposal to manage thought is just more thoughts. Before long our heads become intolerably loud and we start to think that relaxation is a myth created to torment adults!

We do not have to control our mind. The point of meditation is not to obliterate thought. Enlightenment is not a state of catatonia. It is simple awareness. In fact, it is the realization that everything arises in simple awareness. Thoughts are waves, but awareness is the water from which they arise. In other words, whatever arises is an example of awareness. So there is nothing to be accepted or rejected. There is no need to control anything; simply observe. If your mind begins to churn out thought after thought, simply notice that this is what the mind is doing, no need to fix it. If you notice that your mind is dull, simply notice that this is your current state of mind. Rest in the awareness and not the activity. When you rest in awareness instead of the activity you will notice that your mind is naturally peaceful and simplistic. It is never dull or excited, but always clear and precise.


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