We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What is the difference between meditation and watching TV/cartoons? I would separate "meditation" (the hippie or religious kind) from deep thought by someone solving a real life problem. I sometimes meditate in my shop between a piece of graph paper and pencil and a wood or metal mock up or attempt at what I'm trying to create. But I don't think I could ever choose to sit cross legged with my thumbs touching my middle finger, eyes close, droning "oooommmm".
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Eastern meditation is mindlessness, but it's difficult. Keeping it up for ten minutes takes practice. I used to do Eastern-style meditation when I was younger. It's a good exercise in discipline and focusing of the mind. Sitting still and breathing is harder than it sounds.
The experience has helped me now that I try to do Christian meditation, which is very different. Christian meditation IS mindfulness. It's focusing on something, rather than nothing. It's focusing on outside of your self, rather than within it. Chesterton has a bit to say about it.
GWTW, these days I actually enjoy watching cartoons with my kids on an occasional lazy Saturday morning, as long as it's the classic variety. They do look like they're practicing mindlessness though, don't they?