To meditate is not to seek a sublime mental or physical state. Meditation can lead to this – often through the practice breathing exercises – but that is not its
The purpose of a meditation practice is, above all, to notice the filters we apply to our lives, to our perception. Filters that cover our entire sensory experience, constantly, and which are invisible unless:
- We know about their existence.
- We train the concentration needed to detect them.
We wear glasses to see more clearly. We buy bigger TVs to better appreciate the art of film or sport. We use better quality headphones to enjoy with greater definition the instrument’s sound and the voice of the singer.
None of these experiences, however refined, can lead us to the same place meditation takes us.
But meditation, once reached a certain level, brings increased clarity our experience of all these things – and everything else.