orangemod wrote:Hi all:
I hope I have this posted in the right place.
Here is my question:
Everything I have read about the practice of meditation has led me to believe that you are only to focus on your breathing and other thoughts that come in can be recognized and passed by....then go back to your breathing. Ok, suppose I have a concern and I want meditation to help me to solve the problem. Can I think or concentrate on this exact thought during meditation to possibly find a solution. Or is the meditation only there to create a clear mind and calm so I can later (not during meditation) find a solution?
Hope this makes sense.
Thanks in advance.
I suppose you could bring about some serenity and internal stability, which are necessary in effective meditation, but once you have a quiet(er) mind you can direct it to the problem you choose. But that would not be Buddhist meditation proper.
It would be similar to some of the contemplation you find in Theistic religions (contemplation of Bible passages, contemplation of God, etc).
Its worth noting that Buddhism has other meditative modes, so to speak, and they are might be described as being more active than breath mediation.
Better, I think, is to focus on Mediation Buddhist proper in an effort to reduce suffering as a whole.