I came across the following quote, which I wanted to share with you…
“Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. This is meditation. Anything else is actually a form of concentration. Meditation and concentration are two different things. Concentration is a discipline; concentration is a way in which we are actually directing or guiding or controlling our experience. Meditation is letting go of control, letting go of guiding our experience in any way whatsoever. The foundation of True Meditation is that we are letting go of control.”
― Adyashanti, True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness
If I look at this quote, my gut tells me it’s true. It resonates, and it’s true that most forms of classically taught meditation are concentration exercises, such as on the breath. But my head tells me my mind is an integrated whole, which is always going to be based on some vestige of control. That’s reason, thought.
Some forms of meditation are pretty freeform though… Shikantaza?
The other thing that occurs to me is “what would Osho say?” Osho’s meditations incorporated wild uncontrolled dance, shaking, and sudden stops. His dynamic meditation was very much uncontrolled.