Zentraveler on why Meditate?

Meditation Garden

Is MEDITATION just for monks living in a monastery who have knowledge of some sort of secret language? The quick answer is meditation is for everyone! A woman in India asked the Prison Warden to have one hour each morning with a group of the worst prisoners outside one of India’s largest cities….and like a miracle even the most hardened criminals started crying because of the positive experience. Before meditation they had a 80 percent return rate to prison… after her course on meditation the return rate was less than ten percent.

If that isn’t reason enough to begin a Meditation Program then consider the upside consequences. You can begin today to train your mind to be still, which will give you more energy to focus on anything you want to accomplish in life. Anyone can meditate anywhere in the world and the cost is zero.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is the ancient art of inner contemplation, of focusing the mind in order to reach the true inner self. The word MEDITATION is derived from its Latin root, medite which means to rest on one idea or thought.

We become that on which we meditate. In other words, we acquire the nature, quality or condition of the object on which we meditate. Many kinds of meditation with different objects and intentions exist in the modern world. Some of these claim to be new, some very old. At some level, most of them are related to the ancient Indian science of yoga.

Why should one Meditate?

Modern civilization, particularly in the West, places little value on spiritual growth, but a great deal of emphasis on physical and material matters. It is clear that this imbalance lies at the root of many of the ills currently afflicting our societies.

Humanity needs both kinds of values to grow and develop. Like a bird we need to wings to fly…a material wing, and a spiritual wing. Neglect of either one can spell disaster, on a personal or a global basis. Meditation is a simple and natural process to achieve the much-needed balance.

QUOTE:Meditation is training for life. If we want to be free, it is important to learn how to directly experience the unbroken chaos and impersonal confusion of our own minds without being disturbed by any of it. Only if we can bear it will we be able to take responsibility for it. If we cannot calmly endure our own minds, others will inevitably suffer the consequences. If we cannot handle our own thoughts and emotions while we are simply being still and paying attention, then how are we ever going to be able to make the appropriate choices when we are walking, talking, and engaging with others? Meditation is training for life. -Andrew Cohen

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:There are some facts, which should be remembered about meditation and these include meditation being a practice and a part of every day existence. It is bound by minutes and can be described as the sacred slot between awaking and working. It has various forms and hence can be static, motionless or even dynamic and active depending upon the kind of form that you are practicing. It should be remembered that meditation is not an isolated activity but an achievement that cannot be separated from every day existence.

With regular meditation practice you can improve discipline, willpower and determination and create calm and still mind. It is more than a relaxation technique and energy is focused on one part of the mind and body. Meditation can help you to get rid of various kinds of health problems but only if done with dedication and consistency and can be done as a cooling down session after exercise.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your Meditation logbook!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Meditate daily to help humanity and yourself!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone!

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