Meditation Is Evolution
Something is missing. This is the common denominator
of our experience as humans, why there are religions and
belief, why there is philosophy. We are born with a gap,
a hole in our experience we cannot fill, and that we hardly
recognize. Humans will do anything to make their world
solid, real, and eternal, yet always fail….looking for completeness,
union, connection, using whatever we can get our hands on
or wrap our minds around, yet always fall short.
The Buddha was the first human being to try a different approach.
After exhausting the various methodologies of his time, yoga and
ascetic practices of all kinds, Buddha decided to do something
quite radical….he decided he would use his own resources, his
own experience: his mind, his sense perceptions, his body, as the
means, as the method, as the path to discover the nature of reality.
He sat down under a tree and simply watched his experience. By
so doing, he became the first human being to discover the purpose
of human life. He discovered that human life was the proper
tool to be used for the evolution of mind.
He discovered that the mind had to be anchored, grounded to the
body and sense perceptions in order to evolve. He discovered that
this evolution happened naturally, on it’s own, if the mind is
grounded in simple awareness. By simply sitting, Buddha discovered
that the human mind evolves by itself, as long as it is not distracted
into believing in it’s own confusion, which is simply something
adapted from other confused minds in the confused relative
struggle to survive.