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.

However, meditating 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 tool to recognize awareness.
Meditation offers us the possibility to become aware of our natural state.

Sitting quietly, doing nothing
spring comes
and the grass grows by itself
– Basho

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‘