When you practice meditation, you put yourself in a position that compromises your usual habitual patterns. You put yourself in a position where you are not supposed to move your body-- at least too much-- not supposed to fantasize, or indulge in excessive thinking, not supposed to imagine yourself being something or other, and not supposed to deliberately create a particular kind of emotional situation. In fact, you are not supposed to think about anything at all. Putting yourself in that kind of confined mental environment is what is called meditation practice. The way of practice is the way of discipline, and you have to put yourself in that situation in order to contact your own understanding, or your own being, which is basic space. By doing so without thinking or deliberately acting or even "meditating"-- by simply being in that basic space-- your habitual patterns begin to dissolve into emptiness.
Emptiness of what?
Emptiness of any content.
Your habitual patterns dissolve into the emptiness of any content, and what remains is purely texture. When you meditate you just have a textual experience. Your world is thick or thin or furry or heavy or light-- you begin to have thoughts like that. And those thoughts begin to dissolve into a more elemental space, which is like ice, or water, or fire, or air. And finally, those elements begin to dissolve back into the basic space. At that point your mind becomes expansive like the sky. And even if clouds appear-- clouds being thoughts-- they are seen as part of the sky. Then you begin to understand what meditation is: meditation is like the sky, free from clouds. And when clouds appear in the sky, whatever arises in that basic sky is not separate from it. Then you begin to understand that whatever happens in your life is none other than the meditative state.
Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin
"Meditation: The Practice of Being"