Meditation is what we do when we sit with the intention to meditate. It is a way to cultivate greater knowledge of our inner world. Over time we learn more about the inner conditions and habitual patterns of thought and feeling that shape our lives. We can grow to understand which conditions shape difficult inner states and those that shape beneficial ones. Seeing states arising out of various internal and external conditions, changes how we view our experience and what we think of as our self.

We can learn to be gentle with our experience in meditation. Meditation instructions, or things we have heard about meditation may lead to pressure to get somewhere, or to be someone. From gently becoming familiar with what goes on in one’s meditation, one learns how to meditate.

Curiosity about out experience in meditation allows us to know more of how meditation unfolds for us.