clarification to the critics
March 23, 2008 2 Comments
I’ve experienced and seen more and more hostility lately. Mostly on on the web and TV.
I read a comment on a fellow blogger’s post on Zen that Zazen (meditation) is dangerous. I have been told that seated meditation is a rejection of life. Some people, who see me meditating are sure i am depressed when i am meditating, or i am being antisocial. even when i tell them i’m just resting my mind.
I have had several people, friends and not, tell me they hate this blog, very angrily.
Perhaps I have misconstrued or poorly communicated.
So I will clarify:
** It ridiculous to judge a person solely on a blog. personal blogs are often tuned to a personal subject— not the entire persons life. I do zen seated meditation 20 minutes to an hour a day. I often stop and tune-in what i am doing: physical work, sports, enjoying nature. I do not sit isolated in some room all day meditating.
** Meditation does not mean that you hate thinking, or all thinking is bad. This is not true at all. Alan Watts once decribed zen meditation is as letting go our language and symbol based thinking, for a breif period of time.
the zen perspective says the some of the ways we think are defense mechanisms. Some thought behaviors may be intrusive and less protective. Not All Thinking is Intrusive. Zazen in fact, helps to clear thinking and improve concentration.
** Meditation is not Quackery or Witchcraft. even if its effect were just a placebo it is accepted by Western Medicine.
As Yogagarden.com once said: Meditation is not Magic. Its like flossing your teeth. Its something you do daily [to take care of yourself] even when you don’t want to.
meditation is one of many activities ,(which include exercise, writing, hobbies) that are integrated into my “self therapy”. These things allow me to be productive, a positive influence to people in my life, respect nature, and enjoy life. Right along side with people who don’t use meditation.
No one single form of meditation is for everyone. Meditation is not for everyone. No should say : meditation is something everyone must do.– its a choice issue.
Obviously, if you read my blogs, meditation does not help improve grammar and spelling.
Attack my grammar not my choice of meditation. ;)