Relaxation - 放鬆 - Fàngsōng
Peace is promise, fulfilled-
do not attempt meditation,
simply breathe, relax.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
When relaxing completely, there is total silence. No thought enters, no problems arise, no memories grip our attention. Tranquility is what meditation is really about. Achieving neutral stillness in one's mind allows for the renewal of a tired soul; in other words, regeneration.
Even if you do not follow a formal meditation program, it is good to sit quietly for a little while each and every day. ~Deng
This should be as regular as sleeping. If you can sit still, relaxing completely, you are actually meditating. The other forms, various complexities of technique and visualization, exist because most individuals cannot achieve this natural state of relaxation. Their minds race, their bodies are out of balance, and their worries hang upon their conscience. Unable to let go, they need a formal routine to follow. But if you can sit down, emptying yourself of extraneous stimuli, you will experience such wonderful silence and invariably be overcome by peace.
Try to return to this relaxed state on a regular basis.
The reason for relaxation is simple. It renews our body and soul, an act of purification which reinforces the inner core of serenity. It is not a mere ritual or religious obligation. It is a wonderful respite from the world's (our own) problems. In it, we are poised in a natural state. If we look closely enough, we can see the way.