I wish I could tell you how helpful meditating on emptiness has been for me but it must be said that for a Western mind, an eastern approach may not be the most advisable. The mind struggles without an object and progress is elusive. Insanity may follow.
The Holy Bible (NAB) Sirach 14:20-21 – “Happy the man who meditates on wisdom, and reflects on knowledge. Who ponders her ways in his heart, and understands her paths.”
Meditation on wisdom is the safest approach to spiritual progress and fits the western mindset perfectly. Dwell on the contemplation of wisdom and you are planting seeds that will bear much fruit in the future. Our subconscious mind soaks up wisdom like a parched land receives a welcome rain shower.
In Tibetan Buddhist meditation there are commonly two divisions of meditation excluding mindfulness practice, shamatha (calm focused meditation) and vipassana (insight meditation).
Insight meditation is often considered a wisdom practice of contemplating doctrines or sutras for greater insight. Focused meditation is often considered a preliminary practice to aid in insight practice. This can all be confusing and elusive to someone from a western background trying to learn eastern meditation practices. It can be misleading.
Meditation is indeed very useful but you must be careful what type of meditation you are practicing and why. Assuming you are gathering your facts here and from other written online sources means you probably are not personally being tutored by a meditation master.
“A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates” – Nicholas Hilliard
Contemplation of wisdom is the practice of meditation that is being recommended here. You can build up your ability to concentrate as you hold the passages in mind, recalling them as necessary as you feed the newly planted seeds (thoughts and quotes on wisdom that you focus on). You will be strengthening both your memory and ability to recall information and it will have greater affect on your subconscious as well. Wisdom when focused upon continues to yield insight in excess of it’s first appearance.
We live in the information age. We have greater access to knowledge and even wisdom than ever before. Often books of wise sayings get overlooked as just another book. In the grand scheme of things wisdom is currently vastly under valued. You can purchase books of wisdom quotes from Amazon for a few dollars and they will nourish your mind. Do you have a Bible? The New American Version has a few more wisdom books in it than some others. Focus on Proverbs, Wisdom, and The sayings of Jesus you will will not be wasting your time.
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