Adam Tebbe, 2

Interview with Adam Tebbe

MP:

What was it in particular that caused you realize that meditation was going to work for you? How did you come to know that you had found something important?

Adam:

I like the simplicity of it. I was diagnosed with ADD at a young age, minus the hyperactive component, and had always struggled with concentrating on just one thing. With ADD, it's like there are so many things within your sphere of consciousness competing for your attention. Now, zazen is a very barebones practice. Whether following the breath or, as I often did initially, on some object to hold in my awareness, it allows one to develop the faculties necessary for what might be called "single-pointed concentration." But, I don't meditate everyday.

Or, perhaps I can quote Rev. Rinsen Weik of the Toledo Zen Center, who recently said, "I sit everyday, except for the days where I don't sit." It isn't a compulsion for me as it was initially. Certainly it's a strong component to Zen practice but its usefulness is really found in how that concentration you develop carries over in to everyday activity.

I spend a lot of time at a computer which, admittedly, probably isn't the most healthy of exercises for me. But, my work requires it of me and I love my work. A meditation practice allows me to not outright reject those things we may say are harmful or not beneficial in our practice, like spending long hours working at a computer. Instead, meditation practice simply allows me to accept my life on the terms my life presents to me. So, meditation allows me to deal with life on life's terms. I'll say that.

MP:

Your words "meditation allows me to deal with life on life's terms" says so much. It is this level of acceptance that makes for the dropping of would otherwise be a fight with circumstances or an attempt to force outcomes. I get that. So many of us still struggle with what life brings. Thank you.

Adam:

Thanks for the opportunity.

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