Reflection and Meditation
The more intense the nature of a man, the more readily will he find meditation, and the more successfully will he practice it. ~ James Allen
It’s been a turbulent week for me and a lot of the good folks I know have been snowed on and blown around so I thought it might be a good time to share one of my favorite passages from Deng Ming-Dao. It’s his, if you will pardon me, reflection on reflection and after reading it you may want to peak back on some of the posts we’ve had on meditation.
Finally a quick link to the basics of meditation, I really like this page, it’s a simple, single page basic meditation that anyone can do just about anywhere. Don’t try and meditate long, it’s much better to meditate for 5 minutes a night 10 nights in a row, than it is to do one 30 minute session every once in a while. The important thing is that you do it, that you relax and let go a bit.
And now, Deng Ming-Dao’s thoughts on reflection, have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane
Moon above water
Sit in Solitude
If waters are placid, the moon will be mirrored perfectly. If we still ourselves, we can mirror the divine perfectly. But if we engage solely in the frenetic activities of our daily involvements, if we seek to impose our wanton schemes on the natural order, and if we allow ourselves to become absorbed in self-centered views, the surface of our waters become turbulent. Then we cannot be receptive to Tao.
There is no effort that we can make to sill ourselves. True stillness comes naturally from moments of solitude where we allow our minds to settle. Just as water seeks its own level, the mind will gravitate toward the holy. Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still.
Neither the water nor the moon make any effort to achieve a reflection. In the same way, meditation will be natural and immediate.