where we were seated for lunch in the Shark Cafe right next to a viewing window, and could watch all kinds of fish, eel, sea-turtles, etc. swim by as we ate!
As I reflect now on that experience, I am struck by how much it was like meditating---just sitting quietly, watching one's thoughts go by in the "fish tank" of the mind. My thoughts are not me: they are simply swimming through my mind and I am watching them---the beautiful, the ugly, the peaceful, the threatening….. all going by as I watch.
A neighbor recently said to me with a wry smile "I don't let myself get all caught up in other people's dramas and issues. I have learned to be an observer, and it has served me well."
Would that be living meditatively?