When I think of MEDITATION I think of FOCUS. For me, meditating isn’t as much about not thinking about anything as it is about focusing on one thing only.
Piano practice is a sort of meditation. I didn’t realise it until now. When we practice we can’t think about other problems, we can’t get distracted very easily, because the practice requires the brain’s attention so much, it is all we can do. So in a way we should encourage piano practice as a way of releasing the brain from other worries and have it meditate on songs.
Lately I realised that even teaching is a little bit like meditation. Of course, I am not completely myself when I’m teaching, I have to act a little and bring excitement where there is none, but the activity is so overwhelming, I can’t think of anything else while teaching. The moment I leave my classes I notice my brain getting back to it’s usual activity: who was I supposed to call today? what will I cook for dinner? what should I buy as a present? oh, no, I was supposed to pay the bills today! laundry.
That’s why I consider work is good. Keeping the mind busy with anything besides worries and, let’s be honest, even gossip :), is just good for us.
This also should be taught in school. Or in piano classes.