July 22

TANTRA, NON-DUALITY AND THE PRACTICE OF NO PROBLEM: PART 2

In the meditation of The Practice of No Problem I simply ask people to sit still and not make a problem out of anything. No matter what happens in the privacy of your own inner experience you don’t make a problem out of it. Even if you see your mind making a problem out of something, you don’t make a problem out of that. It really is as simple as sitting down at the start of the meditation, remaining still during the meditation, and then getting up when the meditation period is over.

Literally nothing could be simpler, yet when we try we often find that it is supremely difficult. The reason it is so challenging to have no problem is because what the practice is really demanding is that we give up control and let go of any preferences we might have.

In this meditation your experience is always assumed to be exactly what it should be.  Ultimately in order to truly have no problem you must learn how to be perfectly content with exactly the way things are, no matter how they are, without exception.

The inescapable necessity of being happy with the way things are is another reason why I see this meditation as Tantric in nature. Another core element of any Tantric practice is the belief that the energy of pleasure is not a hindrance to spiritual fulfillment that should be avoided. Pleasure and our desire for it is seen as a powerful energy that when skillfully worked with actually generates awakening.

The Practice of No Problem is the conscious practice of perfect contentment and unconditional happiness. When you decide to have no problem you are consciously choosing to be contentment right now, no matter what, even when you feel uncomfortable.

This practice is challenging because it takes away any justification to be dissatisfied with our experience. We all feel that we have the right to be dissatisfied and this practice only allows for perfect contentment. Of course feelings of discontent do arise in meditation, but if they do the simple instructions would ask you to be perfectly content with being discontent.