Earlier I advanced a model for meditation. There is nothing that should be more "customizable" than this most intimate and personal encounter with oneself. I see two basic stages. The earlier article: "How large a tent is meditation?" covered the forgiveness portion of a proposed daily exercise. This article will move to the conversational portion.

Talk to you

I believe that we can and should communicate with ourselves. We do, of course, constantly. But I am speaking of a conscious and aware process. We all have a conscience, a mind, and a capacity to carry on a dialog that is silent and internal.

In "Buckets of Rain," Dylan speaks of giving himself a "good talking to." There is no mystery about it.

It's the conversation that's important

The world that is binary moves forward thoughtlessly and without conscious consideration of the Ethics and aesthetics of life. We end up in something like the fix we have been in for quite some time. Everything is either-or, this way or that way. Our culture is binary. Our education does not tell us that we are in fact triadic beings, capable of accessing inner resources that are creative and even world-changing. We can and should think our way forward.

We are indeed triadic. We think in signs as the philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce famously said. Signs are Reality.

We are free, choosing, ethical beings. There are universal values. Considering these values on a daily basis can help in the ethics department. Values rule the world. History is what we choose. We are creators of actions and expressions. We literally make history.

Achieving independence

A conversation that takes the present moment as key and your life, your heart, and mind, with full seriousness, is a fountainhead of self-discovery.

You become the captain of your own existence. Evolving a discipline which unites an act of forgiving, as noted above, and of active consideration of whatever is on your mind, is most rewarding.

The form and structure of daily discipline is completely open. There are no correct postures or requirements of any sort. A most helpful suggestion is one I have followed for some time.

I walk a half hour a day, sometimes in short spurts, other times not. The achievement of the two stages of meditation that I suggest can be done in fifteen minutes.

The potentially world-changing effect of this becoming a universal practice, with no labels or organization, is clear and obvious. It would enable ethical considerations and actions aimed at truth and beauty.

That would be no small thing.