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Title: Why should meditation consist of doing nothing?
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Let's start with the first question.  Why should meditation consist of doing nothing? Well, the answer follows on quite logically from t...
Let's start with the first question.  Why should meditation consist of doing nothing?
Well, the answer follows on quite logically from the summary of Step 10 practice we looked 
at earlier in this essay.  We saw that Step 10 consists at its heart in our acknowledgment of our 
complete helplessness in the face of our thoughts and feelings, our inability to determine what 
we should do and to find the power to do it.  And yet we find, as we practice Step 10 moment by 
moment to the best of our ability, that we are able to determine what we should do, and we are
given the power to do it, as our practice of Step 10 merges imperceptibly with our practice of 
Step 11.  We find that Something, a Power greater than ourselves, tells us what to do and gives 
us the power to do it, moment by moment.
What did we ourselves do to gain that insight, that power?
The answer, of course, is nothing.  And that is why we suggest that, in meditation, we should 
seek to do nothing.  When we do nothing in meditation, we are modeling the only appropriate 
response we can make to God as we understand God with respect to our supposed  “problems.”  
We do nothing.  We sit or kneel in silence, in inactivity, before our Higher Power.  We sit or 
kneel in our acknowledged powerlessness.  We “wait on God,” as the Bible puts it.  We do not 
pretend, even for a moment, that we can somehow make this gesture more effective by 
performing some activity while we meditate.  To do so would be to believe, at least in some 
small measure, that we are capable of doing something ourselves to increase the all-powerfulness 
of God.
Well, so much for theory – what about the realities of doing nothing while meditating?  Why 
do so few writers on meditation suggest doing nothing?
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