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January 16, 2012


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Is there any way to totally let go of "meaning"? Is there a way for meditation to just be silence and not spiritual?

Laura, excellent question. I don't think "totally" is possible because we humans are meaning-making creatures. Neuroscientists have found that emotion, in the sense of liking/disliking, accompanies virtually every thought and decision (not to mention feelings, of course).

But I've come to look upon meditation as mindfulness. Being aware of what is there within my consciousness without adding a lot to it. Can't remember who wrote this poem; part of it goes, if I recall correctly, "We should be able to look upon a mountain without considering it a commentary on our life."

Beautiful. A sunset can just be a sunset. Following our breathing can just be following our breathing. As in, "just this." See:

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