“Enlightenment is an accident. Meditation makes you accident prone.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

MEDITATION is completely natural and practical as over 50 years of scientific research has shown regular meditation enhances over-all health, a sense of well-being, longevity and the higher functions of the brain along with greater Emotional Intelligence. The reason many people don’t like to meditate is because it actually works. Within the stillness of meditation, the neurotic process of the “autobiographical self,” temporarily or even permanently disappears, which is the last thing a “me” mind really wants to happen. As there is no “me,” in silence, the natural way of being begins to fully emerge.

HAVING TAUGHT MEDITATION to thousands of people all over the world for the last 50 years, I can honestly say the default mode for most people is one of a voice in their head (the “me”- mind) fixated on the worries and concerns of the past, present, future, work, money, relationships, dying and death. This internal dialogue also fabricates all sorts of stories, theories and philosophies about them. Natural Meditation develops meta-awareness so attention can notice this and gently release that fixation.

Because of the brain’s neuroplasticity, over time meditation shifts the default mode from one of distress to one of resting as the vast open sky of effortless, choiceless, silent awareness. Experience is no longer filtered through the neurotic process of the “me” mind and there is clear seeing instead. This is the natural way of being pointed to in all of the great awakening traditions such as Taoisim, Zen, Kashmir Shaivism and Dzogchen.

Resting free and easy without fixation, fabrication or rumination is meditation.