What’s the difference between practicing meditation and daydreaming? A valid question that many beginning meditators ponder when starting their meditation practice. And while it would seem that letting one’s mind wander could constitute an inward journey, important is to consider what one’s intention is and whether or not a person is attached to the results.
Checkout this recent IBN post meant to demystify the practice of meditation. According to the article, meditation is about cultivating focus, and in that a release of attachment. Put another way, if you find yourself unsatisfied in your momentary awareness, it’s more that likely because you’re either consciously or unconsciously desiring something. As a result, the present moment is full of anxiety. True meditation comes with the release of attachment and expectation.
How to settle this mind? By understanding the aim of life and having a clear focus.
What is focus? Being fulfilled in the moment, being centered, looking to the highest and remaining in that space of peace, is focus. If there is no peace, there is no focus.
Turning this around, and you will realize that if you focus, you attain peace.
When you are not happy in the present moment, then you desire something. Desire simply means that the present moment is not all right.
This causes tension in the mind; every desire causes feverishness. In this state, meditation cannot happen.
You may sit with your eyes closed, but the desires keep arising, thoughts keep arising; you fool yourself into thinking that you are meditating, but actually you are daydreaming!
Read more from IBN on meditation and releasing one’s attachment to the moment here.