It’s not that you should sit still and meditate 24 hours a day, but you probably would do well to investigate, observe who this is and what the fundamental situation is before you jump into something. Meditation IS action. You watch what moves so that the action that gets strengthened is the ability not to grasp, reject or ignore what is in front of you. We are so fundamentally not separate. Meditation does not produce something. It reveals something. Instead of more peacefulness, you create less warfare. Peacefulness is already the case.
Meditation is very, very powerful. It is radical. It means going down to the root to find your own buddha nature. You might be a nice person with good intentions, but If you have not inspected radically, you will take your unexamined consciousness, your unexamined agenda and political ideas out into the world and it will get mixed up with the other aggression out there and you won’t be able to tell the difference. Not only will you suffer yourself, you will cause others to suffer. Clarify who you are and what is happening so you don’t have to rely on propaganda when you go out in the world, and don’t do anything unless you have to.
Someone who is working with their mind to stretch the awareness with the motivation to see what is fundamentally true, that intention goes along way. You become more and more fearless. You realize who you are, that nothing can really hurt you, so you extend yourself out.
When you put a label on something, call it depression or anxiety, for example, you may be covering up the very thing you need to look at. Sokuzan says you don’t have to stop the labeling. Then how do you see what it is covering up? Here Sokuzan answers questions about how to work with body and mind during the practice of meditation.