Why meditate?


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What is the essence of meditation?
What does it mean to be awaken to the world, your self, your body and your mind?

The world we are living in is in constant change. We think that things are solid. But in fact this is an illusion.
It’s like watching a movie in the movie theatre. We can get very caught up in the movie, but when we begin to look in other levels, we can see the projector, and that what is happening on the screen is not real.
So what I am saying is, that nothing lasts. Either in the world around us or in ourselves.

We create a lot of suffering for ourselves, as we try to cling to certain realities, feelings, situations etc.

We constantly try to define ourselves. And the harder we struggle to maintain our “image”, the more suffering we will experience.

We expect other people to conform to our expectation, even if it does not fit who they are or want to be.
We expect to have a certain standard in our living, like the right car, the fashionable clothing, the quality furnitures etc. Not to mention that we need a certain amount of space for all our stuff.
But all this getting what you want, does not create happiness. In fact it can capture us in the feeling of always wanting more, and the constant fear of loosing.

But suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained.

Our struggle to survive, our effort to prove ourselves and solidify our relationships is unnecessary, and we can abandon our expectations about how we think things should be. Once we release our cravings, release our past, learn to live in the now, and stop worrying about an imaginary future, we will begin to feel the freedom and happiness we all wish to experience.

So being attached to our lives being in a certain way, only lead to sorrows. Things change and are non controllable. And you being attached, does not stop the changes. Therefore being attached, is not a solution.

The Law of Detachment
This law says that in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it. This doesn’t mean, that you give up the intention to create your desires. But what it means is, that you need to give up your attachment to the result.

Detachment is based on the unquestioning belief of the power of your true Self.
To be grounded in this experience, you have to be grounded in the wisdom of uncertainty.

Alan W. Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.

In his book “The wisdom of Insecurity” he wrote about the ability to flow with the changes. To see the changes as they really are, rather than trying to make them a constant.

And that is what being awaken is about. That you begin to understand that you cannot possess anything. Even your body is non possessive. You don’t own it, but have the fortune to be able to live in it for a time. And even if you try to possess it, it will still change and grow old. So everything changes. Including your state of mind and what you experience.

As it is ourselves that create our suffering, it is up to us to release it.
One way to do this is by meditating. Meditation is the practice of mindfulness/awareness. We practice being mindful of all the things, with which we torture ourselves.
Out of our mindfulness, we begin to develop awareness, about the way things really are, and begin to release our expectations about the way we think things should be.

So when meditating, we do it to be awaken, so we become conscience about, and start seeing the laws that govern life, so we can come into a wiser relationship with it. We begin to develop the insight, that things are really quite simple, and not half as troubling as we have made it look.

A bonus from meditation

A bonus from meditation is the calm mind. Many think that this is the reason for the meditation, but that is not the case. However, it is a very positive bonus, which can be used in different ways.

Let’s take an example in the suffering in our world.
What is the source of all that suffering.
There is enough food, water and other resources, so lack is not the reason.
The cause is greed, hatred and ignorance. We don’t share, and we take what we can get.
We hate people with different religions, colours and customs, and we lack respect and compassion.
We are afraid of anything different than ourselves, and instead of looking closer, we turn away and respond with hatred.
So we do not need more food, water and other resources. We need someone who knows, how not to be caught up in hatred.
And that someone is you.

Those who meditate, obtain the wisdom and the calm mind, and understand how they are not caught in anger, fear and prejudice.
So instead of calling it a luxury to meditate, it is actually a responsibility. To find out what it means, not to get caught up by these forces, and bring that to bear on the economical, social and political kinds of suffering as well.

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The 4 noble truths
The Noble Eightfold Path
The 7 Life laws
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2 thoughts on “Why meditate?

  1. Great Article! Meditation is indeed a great practice that every spiritual seeker could benefit from; regardless of background, culture, or religion. Realization that one is not the mind, or the body, can lead to higher levels of consciousness.

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