To make sure that I am understood to be recounting experiences gained through the "little" practice I've done thus far and that I am paraphrasing my teachings in Goenkaji's Vipassana retreats.
Why do you want to do this?Benediction wrote:Thank you for your replies! I will hold the groups but I will make it very clear I am not a teacher nor a source of meditative wisdom. Of those who have no idea how to meditate, I will direct them to a 10-day Vipassana retreat or something similar in nature.
Your suggestions mirrored my heart's thoughts. Yet, I wonder as to a solution for those who have no experience with meditation and do not want to go to a retreat. Where can I point them to? I have not found any concise and clear instructions of meditation (not that I've looked very hard.) At least something that will get them started relatively quickly. <-- I have complex thoughts about this statement - a projection of my attachments and desire...difficult to flesh the thoughts out in writing. I think you'll have similar thoughts as you read it.
Maybe I'm looking for something that isn't necessarily what I want. Perhaps just living as best of an example as I can is the proper route and I shouldn't try to lead others to meditate at all. It's an interesting and "dangerous" attachment: to help others.
Thank you so much.
Maybe. You might be surprised at what still lurks around the edges and just out of sight.Benediction wrote:I have rid myself of many desires, many attachments in the past six months
Benediction wrote:Thank you for asking this question.
I have a powerful desire to help others. In part I am attached to the pleasant feelings that arise through that medium of helping others. I see meditation as a powerful tool and I want to share the tool. I am in an area where there are many teenagers (I am a teenager) that are extremely misled. I think that a group of this nature would, in one case or another, help those who would come develop self honesty and awareness. Also, meditating with a group is helpful to me and having a community of practitioners is also.
The more I write and flesh out these feelings, the more I see how born they are of ego (heh.) A lot of "iness." Yet how does one actively spread meditation? Living as a role model is wonderful; I try every moment to develop awareness and morality, but...I want to do something. There aren't wholesome resources that are actively calling young adult's or anyone's attention to this tool in a good way. I don't want to hold a group meditation that is marred with my own feelings of egoism and desire. I don't even know if it would be, but maybe it's impossible for it not to be. Especially if<-- my own practice is with desire. Furthermore, how do I even talk to someone about meditation that's not fraught with hosts of "ego" pitfalls and traps? Perhaps the answer is not to talk about it at all. Intellectualization of these things seems to inevitably involve egocentrism and opinions. Is my desire to help others another desire to be transcended? I have rid myself of many desires, many attachments in the past six months, but in a way I have strengthened this one. Should I work to let go of it? How do I help others without attachment? Living as a role model? Should I simply drop this matter altogether, focus on "liberating" myself, and if I am to succeed, then address this once again? All the while living as a role model? I know these questions can't be answered absolutely in terms of myself, but I would really love your thoughts.
Thanks again (so much) for asking this question. This is a discussion I really needed to have. I am so happy I found this resource.
 Oh. Sorry for the "stream of consciousness." <3
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