I don’t meditate. I sit and pay attention to the breath and the body. When I lose focus the default mode network (DMN) takes over. I notice it straight away. I come back to the body/breath.
I love Buddhism. But do I need Buddhism? What if the joy and peace attained during meditation have as much to do with any religion as a solar eclipse has to do with angry gods?
Somebody discovered that heedlessness activates the regions in our brains responsible for daydreaming and that mindfulness can switch them off. And then a religion was built around it… (When is the last time a neuroscientist started a religion?)
But what about the deeper states of meditation when people can look into other realms of existence…? Some people claim to talk to God, but you can’t really verify it, can you? What about the miracles, such as levitation claimed by Buddhist monks…? Why would they be taken more seriously than, for example, Miracle of Fatima? What about meditators seeing their past lives…? What about people seeing the face of Jesus on a toast!?
But I like my Buddhism. I respect my Buddhism. I want my Buddhism. But I’m so confused right now. I need to think about it.