Pine Tree: Meditation

Reading:

Ever since I was a little boy I have like to sit under the pines and meditate, just being among the bushes, with the birds. calm, free from words.

What is meditation? Meditation is having nothing in your mind, being free, then you listen to the birds, are with the birds, you watch the trees and clouds, feel the wind blowing; you are part of nature. There is no division. In meditation you see truly, no longer arbitrarily perceiving “good” or “bad”; your mind is pure and the world is beautiful.

Yet the world at large does not seem beautiful. Evil things occur, people murder, or the strong take from others. But beautiful things also occur, people help one another.

When you are happy you do not take advantage of other people. Powerful people who seek to take advantage of the weak are sick in a certain sense, they have a kind of dis-ease. Harming others, or finding satisfaction in watching others suffer is a kind of harmful, contagious disease, the disease of the modern world. Unfortunately, health, happiness, and calmness are not contagious.

Looked at from another perspective, it is agitation which attracts attention, not calmness. When a person sits down under the pine tree quietly, being in harmony with Nature, passersby pay no heed. Nothing attracts the attention of passerby or impresses them. But when a person acts crazy and wild under the pine tree, that attracts attention; and many people will stop to watch.


Close Reading:

Level 1: Paraphrasing- State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.

When T. Y. Pang was young he liked to sit with nature in silence under the pine trees.

Meditation is freeing your mind of all thoughts. You become one with nature by listening, looking and feeling Nature. In mediation there is no side taking such as “good” or “evil”; your mind is empty of thought, you are connecting to what is natural through beauty.

Yet the world can be ugly. People murder and steal from others. Yet wonderfully, people still help each other.

People who are happy don’t hurt other people. People who use power to take advantage of the weak are sick. They are out of balance. Hurting others and the enjoyment of watching others suffer is a destructive poison produced by modern society. This virus of self destruction destroys health, happiness, and serenity.

Getting upset attracts attention. Being calm doesn’t attract attention. When you sit quietly under the pine tree quietly, being one with Nature, no one even notice you are there. To be serene, do not attract attention to yourself.


Level 2: Explicating-

  1. State the main point.
    1. Meditate quietly with Nature to be one with Nature and yourself.
  2. In other words….
    1. When you are one with Nature you are happy and serene.
  3. For example…
    1. Have you ever seen someone meditate while bitching and complaining?

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