17045Becoming Well Balanced
- Mar 6, 2010We all have a predisposition to react either
physically, emotionally, or intellectually.
This makes us unbalanced, habitual, compulsive,
and slave-like in our reactivity. A good
Meditation teacher will be able to advise
us how to recognize which of these characteristics
is our most predominate and suggest ("prescribe")
meditation techniques that help us gain control
over our primary reactivity, and others that
strengthen the other 2 aspects of our nature.
The end result is being well balanced with Self
knowledge and Self control. As an example, let's
say that we are primarily reactive emotionally.
Our meditative task would be to gain control
over our emotional reactivity, and to strengthen
our physical and intellectual awareness and
reactions to the strength level of our emotions.
This will leave us well balanced. So, for example,
the emotionally reactive person, who is trying
to get this reactivity under control, may do well
to do meditation techniques that emphasize
dispassion, while doing intellectual techniques
like pondering the ancient formula of "I am not
my body, I am not my mind, I am not my emotions",
as well as doing physical awareness exercises
such as the Zen tea ceremony. In some traditions,
like the Sufi, or "4th way" of Gurdjieff, it is
only the person who has achieved this balanced,
Self controlled state who is able to act. Until
that point is reached, the teaching is that we
are merely in a robot-like dream state, and cannot
"do" anything. And our life is just one reaction
Meditation is the methodology that shines the light
of our inner Witness and wakes us up from our dream.
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