MEDITATION IS A WORD, and words are used in different ways by different speakers. This may seem like a trivial point, but it is not. Now that we have discussed what MEDITATION ISN'T, let's see what it REALLY is...
Meditation is tough in some respects, requiring a long discipline and a sometimes painful process of practice. At each sitting you gain some results, but they are often very subtle.
Vipassana is the practice of awareness, awareness of whatever is there, be it supreme truth or trivial trash. What is there, is there.
The meditator’s intention is to purge her own mind of anger, prejudice, and ill will, and she is actively engaged in the process of getting rid of greed, tension, and insensitivity.
Meditation does produce lovely blissful feelings sometimes. But they are not the purpose, and they don’t always occur.
Meditation is running straight into reality. It does not insulate you from the pain of life but rather allows you to delve so deeply into life and all its aspects that you pierce the pain barrier and go beyond suffering.
Meditation teaches you how to disentangle yourself from the thought process. It is the mental art of stepping out of your own way, and that’s a pretty useful skill in everyday life.