Meditation is a process of awareness. What you use the awareness for varies from meditation technique to technique.
How one achieves the awareness also varies from technique to technique.
Many meditation techniques change the way the mind thinks or the state of mind in order to fine tune and deepen the awareness.
Awareness is a process of connection. How you use the awareness to connect to the world around you is a personal choice.
IN order to achieve awareness certain conditions usually must be met. For example. If you are too busy… then it isn’t very easy to be aware. So the first step is to slow down, to pause a bit. Once in pause, it’s then possible to be in a place of stillness. In stillness you can then connect out far. It isn’t required to connect out once in stillness, it’s one option of many.
Ironically many people in the west to meditate is not an attempt to be aware, but used as a method to find peace or quietness. Since the first steps to get awareness is to go into pause. Which makes sense, if you are too busy running around, going into a meditation session to pause is a gift indeed. But because of this many people in the west misunderstand meditation, they think it is all about the pause and peace rather than awareness.
Of course going into a quiet place just so you can be aware that you can pause… well that is a place of meditation in itself.
So it’s all good.
Discover that meditation can be many many things.. all depending on how you use your awareness.
The question becomes… what is it.. that you need to connect to, in order to help complete your life?
That is something to meditate upon.
Now we have four levels of awareness. Just because you are aware doesn’t mean you are meditating.
(1) Awareness with Senses.
(2) Awareness with Measurement (Judgement)
(3) Interactive Awareness (Where you and what you are aware of are shaping each other in a back / forth process)
(4) Awareness with Acceptance. (Releasing judgement but still active in being a witness)
Most people spend their time in the first two levels. To actively meditate, you actually need to be at the third or fourth level of Awareness. The third and forth levels of awareness are not as simple as they seem. The third level of awareness is a bit strange because you can apply level 2 or 4 of awareness in how you interactively work with something. If you are in Interactive awareness with Judgement, chances you are not meditating properly nor gracefully. For example driving is an example of Interactive Awareness with Measurement. Driving can feel very similar to being in a meditative state, but it isn’t for most people, due to the judgement aspects of making measurements as you drive. It really comes down to the state of mind you hold while you shape awareness into a meditation. This can be confusing at first to many people because the lines do blur a bit.