Digging a bit more around and beneath my zazen streak (12 days today) I am discovering astounding pearls. I imagine I should have already have gathered many of them, or perhaps, at a certain point, I even had, but they all got sucked into marshes of oblivion.
So... what a dive!
In the West, when we say zazen we usually think Zen meditation or sitting meditation, understood as one of many methods from Eastern spiritual traditions used for reaching a state of “no thought”.
Many meditation practices in the Buddhist tradition are nowadays indeed used as methods helpful in attaining certain objectives, such as health, peaceful mind or resolution of life problems. In this sense, zazen is something different and cannot be categorised as meditation.
For Dogen Zenji (founder of the Soto Zen Lineage) zazen is first and foremost a holistic body posture, not a state of mind.
In most meditative traditions, practitioners start a certain method of meditation (counting breaths, visualisations...) after getting sited in the meditation position. In other words, it is "position" plus "meditation", where the former becomes a means for the latter, but is not an objective in itself.
In such a dualistic structure, the body sits while the mind does something else.