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The word 'meditation' is widely used to mean a variety of things. Many people imagine that meditation means sitting in a cross-legged position and listening to your breath.
Such practices or methods are not meditation per se. They serve to encourage meditation.
Meditation is not a method or exercise; rather, it is the condition of presence. It is freedom from thought. It is being here, right now.
Thinking occurs after the event. Which means that if you thinking about something, this is taking place at the same time as the current moment is happening.
If you are thinking whilst something else is taking place in real time, your mind is divided.
Why do I see things this way?
Because this is the Way things are.
Meditation in tai chi
The term 'meditation' covers a variety of considerations:
Heightened level of awareness
Seeing & looking
movement and partner drill
challenges the student to remain here and
By bringing the mind to the immediate moment we aim to become unselfconscious - not thinking, not talking, not emoting. Just being.
Many aspects of modern life prevent people from being here and now. Instead of presence, distraction is cultivated.
Rather than seeing what is in front of them, the individual is encouraged to get caught up in speculation, opinion and superstition.
Alcohol, drugs, sugar, smoking etc hinder mindfulness. e.g. alcohol dulls the senses.
The original meaning of intoxication is "a poisoning". The euphoria people experience from alcohol isn't the outcome of being healthy and present. It is the consequence of poisoning the brain.
You cannot be mindful and clear if your brain is dulled. Drinking alcohol is the polar opposite of mindfulness.
People may drink alcohol regularly, read this information and then object... It can be worth asking yourself why?
The answers are simple: habit, lifestyle attachment, emotional investment, peer pressure, self-image and even (potentially) addiction. Common sense and reason are inconvenient.
Impediments to meditation
• Mobile phones
• The internet
• Social media
• Video games
• The news
• Phoney behaviour
• Passive aggressive traits
• Talking rather than doing
• Mock humility
• Social games/role play e.g. "I have no time" "I'm too busy"
• Lack of commitment
In order to awaken your mind you simply need to be here and now. Nowhere else. At any given time, nothing else in the universe matters more than what you are doing right now.
The cars outside, the neighbours, the music, the humming of the computer, the smell of food are all part of the moment, and you are nowhere but here.
It is all happening at once and you are totally immersed in it.
Reading & contemplation
Meditation plays an important role in research and study:
Zen & tai chi
attention awakening awareness calm clarity concentration mindful perception silence stillness
Page created 2 March 1995
Last updated 26 February 2019