I have different ideas on meditation. I believe we can fall into meditative states in all sorts of ways. We don’t have to burn incense, cross our legs in the lotus position, sit in a circle, set crystals, or chant. These things do help certainly.
But some people, are just able to meditate, naturally. I wrote about a famous singer, once, in my journalistic days. He was a herd boy before he became a multimillionaire. He told me, that his music started when he was herding the cattle.
Herding, is not always an active job. He spent hours sitting under any shady tree in the vicinity, simply watching. Not thinking. In those times, he “fell into a state” he said, of hearing music. I believe he was meditating and the music he heard was what he spent the rest of his life trying to re-create.
I don’t think others of us are so lucky to have such a wondrous times fall occidentally upon us. But sometimes, some people can just do it, whilst it is difficult for others.
In the veldt, just watching cattle, is soporific. The hours pass slowly. The possibility of stilling the mind of all other thought is great. Nature has a way of disconnecting us from our observer selves, so that we can enter into the state where we are One.
So meditation can come upon us occidentally, even while many of us are searching for it by all manner of means. The trick is to notice when it happens to you without the implementations of dogma or ritual.
I believe we all come to Earth with the gift of meditating naturally, but it is removed pretty smartly by the adults around us, education and disapproval of day dreaming.