18441Becoming Well Balanced
- Oct 3, 2012We 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
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 after another.
Meditation is the methodology that shines the light
of our inner Witness and wakes us up from our dream.
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