THE SIMPLE MEDITATION INSTRUCTIONS
The simple meditation instructions found in “Unlearning Meditation”
are seeds for many things to grow and change in one’s meditation sittings
and in one’s life. Sitting in a still posture with awareness of one’s body
(contact points, the hands touching) while allowing one’s thoughts and
feelings sets up certain conditions. These are conditions in that they influence
how one’s experiences unfold and how one relates to those experiences.
Such conditions as gentleness, permission (flexibility), tolerance,
and interest are supported by the initial instruction to allow one’s thoughts
and feelings, one’s life, into one’s meditation sittings.
There is also a quality of renunciation in this way of meditating. One
renounces self-agency. That is, you do not try to make anything happen.
But then again, you might experience trying to make something happen.
You allow that as well, so that you can see how you try to make things happen.
By doing so, you are allowing your experience to unfold according to
conditions instead of making your mind do what you want it to.
The distinction between doing and allowing is not so clear. When you
have many opportunities to choose what you will put your attention on,
and you make different choices, then there is a quality of flexibility. This is
doing that is based on the conditions you are aware of. You are not doing
something because that is what you were told to do, but because you are
aware of the conditions in your experience in such a way that you can
choose to do something that meets those conditions.