Meditation: Inner and Outer Practices
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Meditation is just the immediate awareness of our life, our mind, our phenomenological existence. As such, it’s not something we can do – it’s just
the awakening of pure perception. Nonetheless there are many practices – things that we can do - that are called meditation and that are useful.
These useful practices are outer meditation practices as opposed to the inner practice of pure perception. Outer practices include the inner smile,
the inner breath, guru yoga, the light body practices of Kabbalah, vipassana, zazen, mantra… in fact everything that is not pure perception.
Our minds are very tricky and we can benefit greatly from doing these outer practices. They help to calm the conscious mind when we are disturbed by our thoughts and we feel like our mind is driving us crazy and they can also help us to deal with subconscious attitudes and holding patterns of our mind.