On Meditation

‚Just sitting‘
That is the proposition.
The Japanese term for just sitting is Shikantaza. It is used in the context of Zen Buddhism.

The practice of meditation itself is not connected to any religion whatsoever, and it means different things to different people.
Also the techniques and motives as of why to meditate vary.

In the context of Contemplative Arts I see it as a way to recognize awareness.
In fact, to my understanding, recognizing awareness might be described as the essence of meditation.

Knowing meditation practice in this way I would consider as a fundamental part of practicing a Contemplative Art.

The hunter needs to prepare an attention, which does not consist in riveting itself on the presumed but consists precisely in not assuming anything and in avoiding inattentiveness.
It is a ‚universal attention‘, which does not inscribe itself on any point and tries to be on all points.
This is similar to certain meditation techniques, especially, ‚Shikantaza‘ a practice of the Soto sect in Zen.
– Jack Turner, ‚The Abstract Wild‘

Sitting quietly, doing nothing
Spring comes
And the grass grows by itself
– Basho