Tips for getting started with meditation

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To get the most from meditation, there are several things that are helpful to bear in mind.

Meditation needs little learning but a lot of practise

Meditation isn’t like an academic subject, we don’t need to learn information or understand a certain philosophy. The essence of meditation is experiential; to quieten the mind and cultivate the inner peace we have deep within. To quieten the mind, we need perseverance, practise and the willingness to keep trying. (more…)

What do you need to meditate?

People often ask what you need in order to meditate. In terms of outer aids, we need very little; meditation can be practised anywhere and anytime. All you need to meditate is yourself and the willingness to set aside apart of the day. There is no other requirements.

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However, there are certain things that will help the process. But there are several things which will help meditation be more profitable. (more…)

Our Potential

We all have potential. We all have positive qualities which want to be expressed. Unfortunately, in most cases they are latent or in seed form. Most people are born, they live and die without ever touching their full potential.

In truth, there is so much we can give to the world, so much we can contribute to make the world a better place. But in order to do this, we have to find these treasures within ourselves. Everyone is made differently. Everyone has something to add – something unique. To find what we can become, we have to learn to dive deep within through the art of meditation.

Meditation is a kind of sight which enables us to look inside ourselves. It has the capacity to reveal our own hidden potentialities and those of the entire universe. This is a lifelong process and every day, we can discover something new. Meditation is a journey of self-discovery in the highest sense and a lifelong adventure is beckoning us. All we have to do is start!

 

Happiness

Humanity has discovered two great paths in its search for happiness.

The first, and by far the most popular, is the path of desire. Happiness from this approach depends on the fulfillment of our desires. For instance, I will be happy when I have this job, that car, this level of success, these relationships and these outer circumstances. Unfortunately, it is very common that the more we pursue these things, the more happiness tends to elude us. We find that after fulfilling our desire – a new car/job etc, we quickly discover a new desire for a better car/job. Fulfillment seems always just out of reach.

Of course, this happiness is also quite precarious. All the ingredients for this kind of happiness already mentioned, can disappear in an instant due to unforeseen circumstances. Where is our happiness then?

Then there is the other path which humanity has discovered – the path of aspiration. By learning to go beyond the intellectual mind and enter into the spiritual heart through the practice of meditation, we enter into our true self and the seat of our soul.

Here we will feel an expansion in our consciousness, we will feel inner peace and inner joy.

One of the exceptional things about this kind of happiness is that it does not depend on outer circumstances. This happiness is self-generated and comes from our own Soul’s spontaneous joy. It is unaffected in the face of the changing fortunes of life.

True inner joy is self-created.
It does not depend on outer circumstances.
A river is flowing in and through you carrying the message of joy.
This divine joy is the sole purpose of life.

– Sri Chinmoy

Knowledge

Broadly speaking, there are only two categories of knowledge. The experiential and the empirical.  Let us look at a very common substance, water, as an example to see the distinction.

Experiential knowledge includes our personal experience of its different states and properties that includes not only how we perceive it through the senses, but also the memories, emotions and feelings with which we respond to it.

By contrast, empirical knowledge is water’s materiality, its chemical composition as revealed by the experimental methods of the founder of modern chemistry, the French genius Antoine Lavoisier. He it was, who in 1783 sparked the two gases of hydrogen and oxygen in a test tube, to find a residue of dew-like drops that “seemed like water”.

Both of these forms of knowledge are equally REAL. The fact (and beauty) of a snowflake melting in the palm of the hand is every bit as important as the scientific explanation that its melting involves the loosening of the lattice holding the molecules of hydrogen and oxygen together.

The modern scientific world tends to favour the latter perspective, whereas spiritual knowledge is based firmly on the former.

Spiritual truths can never be fully explained, they can only be experienced and realised as they are to be discovered beyond the reaches of the mind and the senses. In our meditation and spiritual progress, it is our very own experience which will teach us everything we need to know. From my own experience, I find this to be immeasurably more real and convincing than any amount of words – either spoken, read or proven in a book.