What is my philosophy and background? Part 1– Keeping it universal.

February 15, 2008

“Erica” asked a the following question today on the About page of this blog.

“I am wondering if your style of meditation is rooted in any specific philosophy. I have had an interest in Buddhist Vipassana meditation (Insight Meditation) for several years. I seem to hear many of the same principles in your meditations and on your website. Could you share a little more about the origins of your meditations and life outlook? Sorry, I know it’s kind of a big question… I’m just curious.”

I’ve hesitated to write much about my background and philosophy for a number of reasons. One reason is that I’m much more interested in people formulating their own philosophies and having their own unique journeys with the meditations than I am in having people focus on mine. Another reason is that I can’t really say I have a philosophy of life. I’m definitely interested in becoming more alive and more at peace, but when I try to put that journey into words, the words can be misleading. In addition, my philosophy of life, if I have one, is constantly evolving. What I might say today is not what I might say tomorrow…

As for my background, it’s something that happened in the past. True meditation is a fresh, new experience. It is influenced by everything one has done and studied before, but it’s always an opportunity for a new discovery. If I look to the past, I may limit what can happen now and my desire is to become increasingly present to the here and now. I try not to limit myself or anyone else by the past.

I also hesitate to be really specific about my background because I want to leave the door open to anyone who may resonate with the meditations I create. In truth, my background has exposed me to many teachers and teachings, but what I have discovered is that there are common elements among different teachings and those elements that are universal seem the most useful and “true”. For me the experience of meditation is what is important, not the ideas about it and philosophies. What is fascinating to me is how different people can have such different insights and results from the meditations. What we get from meditation or a teacher is based more on our own process and intentions than it is on what is put forth by the teacher.

Erica did ask me to share something about my background and philosophy, however, and we do learn something from hearing each others’ journeys and experiences. So now that I’ve told you some of the reasons I like to avoid talking about these things, I think I’ll go ahead with Part 2 of this post and get a bit more “up close and personal”. Thanks for asking, Erica!


6 Responses to “What is my philosophy and background? Part 1– Keeping it universal.”

  1. John on February 20th, 2008 1:50 pm

    “What I might say today is not what I might say tomorrow…”

    Thanks for sharing.

    I agree a lot with this statement. I feel the same.

    Some people value it when people stick to their opinions, which is OK by me, and we all do it from time to time (it seems to be a religion for some people), but it’s a form of clinging.

    ..and that to which we cling, we defend with our lives.
    After a while it becomes a pure ego issue.

    Be flexible……

  2. Mary on February 21st, 2008 9:25 am

    Thanks for this insightful comment, John. You’ve gotten me thinking about what it is that makes us cling to our opinions. Something interesting to investigate! It does seem to have a lot to do with the ego…

    Best wishes, Mary

  3. vajradaka on February 22nd, 2008 3:33 am

    “The true spirit of meditation is being alive to your experience. Moment to moment realisation is potential in your present experience”. Vajradaka.

  4. Mary on February 22nd, 2008 8:44 am

    Beautiful quote! Thank you, Mary

  5. Suresh Gundappa on June 29th, 2008 9:49 am

    GOd can only be experience not expressed!

    I just finished my new post and i am reading yours coincidentally!

    As usual lovely post!

    On a side note My daughter is named as Vipassana! after the obvious buddhist meditation.

  6. Mary on June 30th, 2008 2:09 pm

    Hello Suresh, So lovely to have your visit. The post on your blog “God can only be experienced not expressed!” is beautiful, as is the photo. Thanks for stopping by! Mary

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