Understanding Meditation Techniques

I have heard a story about an old doctor that perfectly illustrates the importance of understanding a technique before applying it. The doctor’s assistant once called him in a state of panic because a patient was choking on a billiard ball stuck in his throat. The assistant, unsure of what to do, asked the doctor for guidance. The doctor’s response was unexpected – he simply said, “Tickle the patient with a feather.”

Surprisingly, this unconventional treatment worked. The patient started laughing and managed to spit out the ball. The assistant, amazed by the success, asked the doctor where he had learned such a remarkable technique. The doctor’s response was equally surprising – he had made it up on the spot. His motto had always been, “When you don’t know what to do, do something.”

While this approach may be suitable for certain situations, it is not applicable when it comes to meditation. The mind is a complex and delicate entity, and acting without understanding can lead to more harm than good. In fact, it can be fatal or even suicidal. The mind is the most intricate aspect of our existence, and we often underestimate its complexity.

When it comes to meditation, it is essential to recognize that if you don’t know what to do, it is better to do nothing. Each meditation technique is based on deep knowledge and extensive experimentation. These techniques have been refined through years of practice and understanding of the human mind.

It is crucial not to mix different meditation techniques or create your own variations. While these techniques may ultimately lead to the same outcome, their functioning, methods, and foundations are distinct. In some cases, they may even be diametrically opposite. Mixing techniques can disrupt the intended effects and potentially be counterproductive.

Therefore, it is essential to follow the instructions of each technique precisely as they are given. Avoid making any changes or improvements because these techniques have been carefully crafted and cannot be enhanced. Any modifications can have severe consequences.

Prior to starting a meditation technique, take the time to fully understand it. If you feel confused or uncertain about the technique, it is better to refrain from practicing it. Each technique is designed to bring about a profound transformation within you, and without a clear understanding, you may not experience the desired benefits.

Remember, the old doctor’s motto of “When you don’t know what to do, do something” does not apply to meditation. In the realm of meditation, non-doing is often more beneficial than taking hasty actions. Embrace the power of non-doing and approach meditation techniques with patience, clarity, and a deep understanding.