Is Meditation Counterproductive?

  1. We don’t feel pressured to work “hard” as defined by other people. Instead, we work for others as a service, with mutual trust and respect. Replacing lack of trust/respect with material compensation is murky business.
  2. We don’t feel pressured doing work that others do, for the sake of money, fame, or possession. Instead, we do work that we find important to do. Driven by other people’s standard is murky business, because it may not fit into our circumstances.
  3. We don’t feel pressured to be a superior person, e.g. smarter, prettier, richer. Instead, we prefer to be a curious person, able to learn from anyone with any types of smartness, prettiness, and richness. Defining these types as levels (comparison) is murky business.
  4. We don’t feel pressured to speak, because most of the time people are repeating what are already said by others. Trying to be “the who” in front of “the what” is murky business. Instead, we prefer to listen and to connect different ideas until they form a story to eventually be shared.
  5. We don’t feel pressured to make judgment, because there are millions of different contexts behind every situation. Uninformed judgment is murky business. Informed judgment breeds compassion.
  6. We don’t act out of fear, instead we act out of love. Acting out of fear is murky business, because you don’t know yet whether your fear is true or not. Acting out of love breeds compassion.
  7. We don’t strive for perfection, because there’s always time for another try. Scrutinizing early trials is murky business. Reflecting and learning after each trial is a way to be compassionate toward whoever is doing it, including our self.

“Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like the Tao. It can’t be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. It gives itself up continually. That is why it endures.” — Lao Tzu

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