Step 7) Enjoy the surf! (dhyana) “What's encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we're closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.” Pema Chodron
So you're on holidays and you decide to try surfing. You concentrate on the instruction (practicing step 6). So you're totally ready to surf, right? Wait a sec...That's a big wave! CRASH!
Concentrating intently on one thing is actually really challenging (at least for me). So is surfing. But when you get in the zone, like surfing, you feel the flow of the waves (the breath), your concentration can become so sustained that you don't even feel like you have to think about it anymore. That's meditation, or at least the idea behind meditation. Its' simplicity can be the exact reason why so many people try meditation and why so many people give it up. Because, although the concept it simple, its practical application can be daunting. I encourage you to stay with it if only for 5 minutes a day. I promise you'll feel better for it.