Meditation is a practice that puts our mind at twilight, the space between sleep and awake states. It’s purpose is to calm the mind so it ceases to distract us. Once calm, we may be able to open our eyes, awaken and see everything as it is, as we’ve never seen it before, unfiltered by our mind which takes the newness of everything and makes it familiar.

While there are countless meditation techniques, a basic approach is three short daily meditations. In these meditations we sit still in a quiet place with our eyes closed. We focus on our breathing for maybe 20 breaths without our mind interrupting us with thoughts. If we are interrupted, we start again until we reach 20. Then, we open our eyes to the intense beauty of creation that surrounds us; shapes, forms, colors, textures, smells and sounds. Slowly and gently we are reborn, separating from being one with everything during meditation to assuming our bodily being. Soon after we engage with the world in which we find ourselves until our next meditation which is like all others and unique.

Meditation creates an optimal state for awakening. However, meditation is most effective as a way to awaken when it’s unadulterated; when the purpose of meditation is meditation, the calming of mind, not a way to awakening. When meditation is used as a means (way) to an end (awakening), our ability to awaken is thwarted by the selfish desires of the mind, the desire to awaken. However, realizing our selfishness has kept us from awakening can lead to awakening.

Upon awakening, we are overwhelmed, uncontrollably laughing as we realize our meditations and other practices where like a dog chasing its tail; that is, we were always awake but at times when we took our illusions in sleep time seriously.