Practice and QA. Cont' 6
Works Bro James and Sis Shymiin were working on before his passing.
“Is no-thinking the aim of practice and, life?”
The aim of Satipatthana Meditation is wisdom, not ‘no-thinking or slow-thinking’. Calmness, clarity and thinking slowing down or stopping, are merely results of the developed concentration (through continuity of mindfulness). None of these is the end-goal of practice.
‘No-thinking or slow-thinking’ is also not the aim of life. This is a serious and common misconception about the practice and what practice achieves. In any event, it’s also impossible because Access Concentration, where mind is fully anchored to the ultimate conditioned realities, is a conditioned state. When it drops, concept-thinking arises again with mental formations.
“My work requires me to think a lot, can I still perform and will I become stupid when thinking slows down or if there’s no-thinking?”
Many meditators expressed this concern.
Absolutely not! Thinking slowing down during meditation will not retard any cognitive or intellectual ability or the ability to think deeply and smartly. Not at all.
When thinking slows down, the mind is more able to be directed to only important matters because it has become soft ~ pliable. It has become workable. And, the calmness arising from that process clarifies and stabilises the mind. This enables the mind to hold its focus on the directed object (subject matter) and think more clearly. Clearly, meditation increases productivity and efficiency in your life and at work.
It also subdues a lot of random, useless (unprofitable) and unnecessary thinking. You become more efficient, clear and focussed. Don't you think it’s more profitable and beneficial to have quality and profitable thinking, rather than fast moving minds with abundance of unprofitable and unnecessary thinking, which are useless?
Not only will you benefit in terms of focus, productivity and efficiency, the slowing down of thinking declutters the mind (so to speak). Won't that be restful?
As for well-being, the calmness causes an abundance of inner joy to arise. It’s healing, restful and refreshing. One is able to give more to people around them and to work, when feeling rested and at their best.
Meditation has the effect of separating useful thinking from the useless ones. It’s beneficial, productive and valuable for your lay-life and work.