Still the Mind by Alan Watts

Still the Mind by Alan Watts

Author:Alan Watts [Watts, Alan]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 1577312147
Publisher: New World Library
Published: 2010-03-15T04:00:00+00:00


WHY DO YOU MEDITATE?

Invariably at this point the big question arises: “If you are going to tell us that meditation is not necessary, and that it is all here and now, then why do you meditate? Why do you practice religion, perform rituals, or chant? Why do you even talk about it?”

My answer is that there is no good reason for it what so ever. This is all a form of joyous energy, and to play with it is a form of dance. It is a great thing to do, and there are all kinds of great things to do, and we are free to explore according to our own tastes.

You can make any human activity into meditation simply by being completely with it and doing it just to do it. If you really enjoy swimming, you swim not to get to the other side of a river, or to complete a certain number of laps, or to go so far out into the ocean, or to compete in any way with yourself or with other people. You swim to experience the water rippling past you, and to enjoy the floating sensation when you lie on your back and look at the blue sky and the birds circling about. Every moment of it you are simply absorbed in this ripply, luminous world, looking at the patterns and the shifting net of sunlight underneath, and the sand way down below — that’s what swimming is about.

Some of us like swimming, and in the same way some of us like religion and meditation.



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