Gwenn Dana wrote:
It is correct that in the beginning stages of meditation coming to rest is one of the major concerns.
But there is a difference between coming to rest in the mind, and being motionless.
You can even hypnotize yourself into a completely stiff body without your thoughts ever coming to real rest.
Thank you all for your input. You have answered my question to some extent. The part above was especially helpful.
However, I am still not completely satisfied. Perhaps this is a trivial matter, but I would like to investigate further.
I found a video titled "Annual Medicine Buddha Prayer Offering 2011" athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlS0Tr- ... PRcP_Tgq-2
At 16:04 minutes, you will see many monks swaying from left to right while reciting a text. As the camera zooms out,
you will then see subsequent rows of monks quite still, mostly not reciting any text.
It seems plausible to me that one is more likely to sway if engaging in specific (rhythmic?) activities like reciting a prayer. If so, then I wonder if swaying during such activities is helpful? On the other hand, if one practices mindfulness then wouldn't one be still even during such activities? To me a rhythmic swaying seems more automatic rather than conscious... Would an aware person stop the swaying or could one allow it and still be aware of it? Which one would be more conductive to the practice of mindfulness?