Saturday, June 28, 2014

Meditating on Meditation

The Atlantic has an article about people who are in recovery from... meditation. A lot of people don't like meditation because it bores them to tears. But the people in recovery are people who really liked it, at first, and then found they were obsessed with inner darkness. It takes a lot of forms, one of which is "life loses meaning":

'Everything he had found pleasurable before the retreat—hanging out with friends, playing music, drinking—all of that "turned to dirt," he says, "a plate of beautiful food turned to dirt."'

Why would this be? Could it have anything to do with unacknowledged religious content?

'She explains that the Theravadin Buddhist tradition influences how a large portion of Americans practice meditation, but in it, mindfulness is "about vipassana, a specific type of insight … into the three characteristics of experience." These are also known as the three marks of existence: anicca, or impermanence; dukkha, or dissatisfaction; and anatta, or no-self.'

If you deeply and truly disengage
from all the ache inside  you,
you can find yourself on an empty stage,
with no script left to guide you.

Update, found on Facebook:

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