Meditation

For years I have been riding motorcycles across the country, from coast to coast, for several hours a day, and that gives me plenty of time and opportunity to meditate. But people often ask me about “how” I do it, and it is not easy to answer.

Meditation practice is often described as the most essential and special aspect of yoga, Zen, and other spiritual and/or mystical practices. We are often promised amazing benefits from learning meditation. But as soon as we ask how to do it we are exposed to the many practices and methods.

There are many descriptions of methods, all about learning and developing the ability to control your mind and thoughts, through practice of a technique. I never followed any of it.

Riding a motorcycle for hours, contemplating the environment around me, gazing at the horizon and drifting into some spontaneous awakenings of perception and insight, I never needed years of practice, effort, or mind control. It just happens. Now it happens while running as well.

This approach to meditation is more mysterious and indefinable; it sees the essence of meditation to lie beyond form and mechanical practice. There is no specific formal practice. It can take place anywhere, any time, and sees meditation as a quality of insight and awareness. There is no way to explain how to do it because that would make it just another formal technique. So just look out through the window and daydream, or don’t, feel the energy of the world around it, or don’t. Just open your eyes, or close them. Don’t ask me “how” to do it. Just do it.

This way meditation is not about anything you do, it is about the way you are.