Meditation is a Natural Practice
On the first day of meditation class, one of my students asked, “What’s natural about meditation? I tried it before, and stilling my mind was one of the most unnatural things I ever experienced.”
I can relate to these experiences; I’ve had similar ones myself. But I still stand by my words to that class: Meditation is a natural practice. According to Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, to meditate is “to dwell on anything in thought; to contemplate deeply and continuously; to ponder; to ruminate; to reflect.” These activities are natural to us; we do them every day. The truth is that everyone already knows how to meditate. If we set up favorable conditions, meditation happens spontaneously.