The Practice of Meditation

The practice of meditation
has as much to do with meditation
as a table setting has to do with eating.

Meditational ceremonies, postures, and rituals
may be helpful, but they are not in themselves meditation;
and they may not lead to meditation.

Meditation is not attainable by trying or effort
or by centering attention on one's breath, the present, or being
or by concentrating on a Koan, or repeating a Mantra.

Instead, practice is to meditation
as prayer is to grace
and as courting is to love.

Still, meditation may happen in a quiet, open mind;
imbuing a sense of the sacred
and of love beyond feelings or thought.

See my brief review of the book "Meditations"

How and Why to Meditate

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