"Do Nothing" as a Vehicle for Reaching Access Concentration and Entering Jhana?
During the last month or two, I've developed quite an affinity towards Do Nothing practice. I started exploring Do Nothing several months ago, when I had a a bunch of really beautiful and powerful meditative experiences that eventually gave rise to an irritatingly strong desire to "awaken" (whatever the heck that means). I then decided to begin all of my sits with a 20-30 minute Do Nothing practice. It worked wonders. My desire to "awaken" is now close to zero. While it is unclear to me why Do Nothing practice is having positive impacts on me on and off the cushion, I hypothesize that the technique is effective in weeding out over efforting and striving, which are unfortunately quite common among practitioners of stage-based approaches to meditation, such as the one fleshed out in The Mind Illuminated (TMI).
In terms of practice instructions, I follow Shinzen Young’s approach, which can be found here. In a nutshell, there are basically two rules: