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Meditation: True versus Feaux
I have set my will to know the truth, based on a choice to believe that there is real goodness in the universe and that knowing the truth will always benefit or pay off. I do a LOT of contemplation where I allow my feelings to come to the surface and experience them in the light of what my rational mind and intellect “knows and believes”. I then observe the conflicts or discrepancies and challenge one side and then the other to make adjustments until there is harmony.
Part of the dynamic here is that I can let the warfare rage inside my head until resolution because I know that I have ultimate value and am OK. It’s not that the warfare gets resolved each and every day. Sometimes (often in the past) I have had to table the issue(s) and trust that I will be led to greater knowledge, insight and understanding coming from experience or outside learning. This “process” works for me, if you will grant that I am rational, logical, reasonable, objective and realistic to a fair degree and that I have grown spiritually. Ultimately, this approach has forced me to develop a paradigm of God, of reality different from the traditional one.
I do not know what “meditation” is. By the time I had any exposure or interest in meditation, I had already developed the above approach. Maybe people are actually doing different things and calling it meditation. Maybe some are even doing what I call contemplation under the term meditation. I don’t know. I do know that I have generally NOT been impressed with the results of the various types of “meditation”.
Here is an excerpt from a 2015-9-25 Oregonian article:
A few other thoughts:
Obviously, what Seldon has in mind is different from Buddhism, and probably Farias’ and Wikholms’s understanding of the Buddhist intention is incomplete. Probably a wise Buddhist would say that stripped of the ego problems, there is “nothing there” except a package of eternal value. But so much confusion, and so little clarity with our language and thinking.
Also clearly, without being prepared by belief in real goodness—the Good News—, being mindful of the human condition and the evil in the world can be disorienting and downright destructive. Most dare not look reality fully in the face, most cannot be fully “mindful” without fainting and falling off the horse.