Meditation iswithdrawal in ourselves. It is withdrawing from the outside world to go to our inner world. We leave the outside world behind. We do not bring our work, business, relationships, etc. for the time we meditate. We leave them out! Now we enter into ourselves to know what is happening inside us, to explore our inner world, which is very coarse in each one of us.
We need an approach. Our first focus is the mind, training the mind.
The mind has not been trained in this way, more than intellectually or in other aspects, but not in the art of meditation or in the art of consciousness.
Meditation, is like living a life, is an art. How can we find the good way to live our life, a life that can fill us, of which we are satisfied? The art of training the mind is difficult, but if we do, the ability to live a satisfying life will be much greater.
The instructors of this method will give to the students a “brushstroke” on how to train the mind.
Basically, with meditation we train the mind to be present, because it has a tendency to go to the past or the future. It does not want to be here and now ,and looks for excuses to flee. We train it to be present and we give it a simple object, breathing, so that we observe it. Let it learn to be with the breath.
We train the mind to be attentive. The mind has many objects, many things and is confused because it is not attentive, it lacks discipline. When we train the mind to be attentive we are training the consciousness to have discipline, to be focused. Consciousness is easily distracted, particularly from our inner world.
In the outside world, our consciousness is distracted by what it sees or what it knows, and what we need is to train it to be focused.
We can say that our inner world is so coarse that we have to focus on one point.
The eagle flies through the sky observing the immensity of the earth but has to hunt and train itself to focus on a specific point.
It flies low or high, focusing to discover its prey and when it finds low speed and hunting.
In the Vipassana Insight Meditation we train in deep visions and, like the eagle when it seeks its prey, we are focused and attentive so as not to miss anything essential.
Our practice is simple. We are here training our mind to be attentive to the breath and open to allowing whatever appears. Whatever you come up with, you pay attention to it. And whatever appears, disappears. We pay attention to a thought and it disappears, reappearing perhaps later. We pay attention to it without entering into its content, since if we did, we would lose ourselves, because we are going to an intellectual level. It is better to stay at the intuitive level. Forget the intellectual because it becomes an obstacle. Here you need to see clearly. We develop the ability to see, to hear, to feel. That is the important thing.
The other meaning of mediation is "take care of ourselves again." We take care of ourselves when we have good thoughts. If they are bad, we are introducing poison into our interior. We can discipline ourselves not to have them and when we do, we take care of ourselves. There is nothing else to do here, only a few tasks: train the mind, be attentive, quiet and observe what happens. When we do all this, our knowledge and wisdom grows. An important element is observation. We observe constantly.