On Monday November 29 we talked about “Six Ways Not to Approach Meditation” based on the Six Realms of Existence. This wasn’t sent out in advance, but a lot of people said they really enjoyed this discussion. Below is one segment of the article describing a common problem for meditators, plus a link to the rest, which is written by Ken McLeod.
Animal realm meditation
Animals seek shelter and food and then they are satisfied. In this form of meditation, a person finds a way to sit comfortably and quietly and makes no more effort. It’s relaxing, he or she feels refreshed after practicing, it’s a nice rest, but there is no insight, no understanding, no movement to a deeper experience of life with all the risks and adjustments that involves. Essentially, one hides out in the practice. Dullness is one of the hardest problems to overcome since it is so hard to recognize from the inside. Here, consultation with a teacher or instructor is important. They can recognize dullness when we may not be able to and shake us up enough to move out of it.
From “Six Ways Not to Approach Meditation” by Ken McLeod