These days meditation is becoming associated more and more with a passive, accepting state. We just watch the mind and accept whatever happens. This can be a great way to relax but does not integrate very well into active daily life. So we become two people almost – the active person and the passive one. However, if a mind develops calm through meditation, we can discover that we do not need to continue to be passive in order to relax. The calm, patient mind can remain calm in activity. Then, moreover, we begin to realise that the calm mind sees differently and we can feel differently about our activities – even to the point where this changes our priorities. We begin to enjoy more peaceful leisure pursuits or we look for a more peaceful way to make a living. We move out into the countryside, perhaps. Gradually we find ourselves becoming one person and the endless inner conflicts and dialogues begin to disappear to leave the mind clear, whole, unified.
I offer this for your reflection