“The essence of meditation is to take your attention and train it onto consciousness itself. At the beginning this is difficult because of the factors of disequilibrium: a disordered belief system that is riddled with superstition, false cognition, false beliefs. When I say “false”, that means that they are assumptions that a person has come to, that simply aren’t true. You believe in them for various reasons.
There is a famous story about meditation. It is called “The Crow and the Coconut”; where a man is sitting, looking out and seeing a coconut tree filled with coconuts. A crow comes and lands on the tree and a coconut drops. He comes to the assumption that the crow caused the coconut to drop, when in fact the coconut was going to drop anyway. It was a completely arbitrary coincidence that the crow happened to land on the tree at the exact moment the coconut fell. But he leapt to the assumption that because he saw the crow land on the tree and the coconut drop, that they’re connected.
Our consciousness is riddled with these forms of false cognition, that we believe because we saw it. We believe our eyes; we leapt to an assumption that was untrue. It’s a simple idea, but it points to something very constant and continuous that must constantly be examined: how our assumptions are formed, how we apply our belief to those assumptions, and how we act on those assumptions. Having formed a false cognition, a false assumption, and then acting on it, that act is pervaded by that false understanding. This is how maya, the quality of negative karma, accumulates in one’s system, and one is turned from the path.
The idea of meditation is a simple reversing of that process. You take your attention and you train it directly on consciousness to the exclusion of all interrupting factors of disequilibrium – false assumptions, false cognitions.”