“ “Psychology is about the state of mind. Meditation is about the state of no mind.” Yes, very wise. So psychology represents one side of duality, and meditation represents the opposite side, would you agree? Do you think there is a way to merge the two sides into some kind of “psycho-meditation?” In other words, is there a way to use the mind to guide one to the no-mind? I would love to hear your perspective.” – Aaron
This is the comment Aaron, the writer from ilanguageyoga.wordpress.com and I found that his comment is really motivating me to explain this again and more completely.
Psychology represents one side of duality, and meditation represents the opposite side.
Actually no. First, the knowledge around the world was born because we have question on everything even the human life. Philosophy, therefore, exists because it is the subject that teaches you what and how to ask (wrong) questions. For example, “Who really am I” and “Why were you born?” and people kill themselves to find the answers, so there are so many fields that help these idiots find answers. Psychology is one of them to understand mind and behaviour. Thank you for the scientific and technological advance, physiology comes. That is when psychology is the bridge between philosophy and physiology since psychology sees the relationship between human body and mind.
However, meditation is nothing about the knowledge. When you meditate, you will not gain any knowledge, the rubbish theories and principle invented by the dead people. Meditation is the adventure to the unknown. It is the mysterious experience.
Meditation will not bring you knowledge but knowing
That is the first different point between psychology and meditation. Plus, when it comes to mind, psychology will study about it but meditation will transcend it, so both cannot be in the same coin.
Do you think there is a way to merge the two sides into some kind of “psycho-meditation?”
There has been the attempt already. It is called “Buddhism Psychology” However, like I said before Psychology is about the state of mind. Meditation is about the state of no mind. Thus, it is impossible to meditate with mind. There is not such thing as the psycho-meditation. You have to transcend it.
Is there a way to use the mind to guide one to the no-mind?
The answer is yes but not used. We will understand it instead. That is why psychology is still necessary as the guideline just to understand mind. There are so many textbooks and many people explaining about it. However, finally, the best way to understand mind is to meditate. You cannot transcend it without understanding how mind works, and you are responsible to do that.
Let me give you the example,
When you meditate, there is nothing at first. Then thoughts visits you,
and then…they disappear unreasonably only if you are the witness on them.
Thoughts always come and go..come and go..come and go…
This is how mind works.
Then, you can derive this some phenomenon to be the your life lesson…
Deprivation is normal for lives
This is what you finally learn by your own. Your understand your mind.
Then you learn from it.
And once there are more and more people and lovely things go away from you….instead of being sorrowful, you can be beyond the sadness.
That is the meditation. You finally go beyond the nature of mind.
There are so many things you can learn from your mind. Know how it works, derive the lede lesson from it, and go beyond it with meditation. I would like to give you more example but let me write about it in the future posts.
Your question is so inspiring. Thank you so much.