- Sit in a quiet, comfortable place.
- If possible, look at a tree, a flower, the sea, the sky or some other natural phenomenon.
Now, very gently, look into your mind to see what your current intention is.
- What are you trying to do or achieve at the moment?
- What, if any, state are you trying to achieve?
Your current intention is not the right intention.
It is equally not the wrong intention.
It is the only possible intention at this moment. It is the reality of the moment.
Meditation is a way of connecting to reality. We need it because we are usually disconnected from reality, what actually is, by our thinking. An example of thinking is an intention, what you think you are trying to do.
When we meditate, we simply notice whatever intention occurs. It arises, stays a few moments and passes. The intention thought is just one of the many phenomena we observe during our meditation. Soon it becomes clear that it is not you that controls your intentions.
Ultimately it becomes naturally clear that in reality there are no intentions. You may experience an intention thought (or emotion), but that does not mean that you are thinking about anything real. In practice you just think. Your mind (or brain) is active. That is all.
As you understand this more and more deeply, the question as to whether or not your intention is right dissolves. It becomes clear that there is no such thing as a correct intention, or even an incorrect intention.
What is, is.
This understanding, sometimes referred to resting in the unconditioned mind, is the place of naturally spontaneous peace of mind and happiness.