It is important to remember that ultimately meditation is a way of being, not just a functional technique designed to produce results but a way of orienting and grounding oneself in the world. In other words meditation is not just something that you can do; it is also something you can be.
Meditation could be said to be timeless in this regard comfortably being in the eternal now. This type of awareness can ‘see through’ the ego character that is anxiously preoccupied with achieving future-orientated goals or trying to act the ‘right way’ and therefore awareness remains undisturbed and naturally open. This open presence can then be recognized as who you really are, your ultimate identity without the stories, and you can confidently respond to situations spontaneously rather than habitually. Awareness is left unaltered and free and is understood to be complete and non-dual, a peaceful self-aware ground, or basis, of all experiences.
This view has been pointed out by mystics and contemplatives throughout history. Meditation masters have called it by various names but they all seem to discover that the naturally abiding, clear light of awareness at the foundation of all human beings is also full of energy, bliss, peace, love and wisdom, an abundant reservoir of divine qualities. The term ‘Meditation’ should include not just the functional techniques to produce results but also the immediate access and abidance as this awareness, a direct recognition of that which the masters are pointing out; which is the very heart of your own being full of divine qualities. The Way of meditation is an ongoing abiding as that which is eternally you.
By Chad Foreman