Chapter 11 – Meditations on Meditation

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Meditations on Meditation
Meditations on Meditation

Snug asks Hug what he thinks the meditation critters think is happening to them. When Hug says “Nothing,” Snug decides that sounds kind of nice. Later, one of Mr. Huggin’s rickshaw passengers asks him what he would do if it was the last day of his life. It gives him pause because he draws a blank so he asks Snug who also draws a blank. The search for meaning leads Snug to the meditation critters and Huggins, feeling lonely and a little lost himself, decides to pay Snug a visit at the Smiling Truth retreat just to prove to himself it’s just a scam. On the bus to the compound, he talks to a devotee who refutes Hug’s impression that the grounds are a money making enterprise. When Hug catches up to Snug, he is frustrated by all his double speak as Snug explains he came there to hook himself or unhook himself. Snug begs him to give meditation at try and Hug falls asleep in the process, affirming his opinion that there’s nothing special about it. Snug, who struggles to articulate his interest in meditation, tells Hug he thinks it might be a new phase in his life, but retreats a little, parroting Huggins sentiment that one day he may look back and wonder what the hell he was thinking.