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« on: October 27, 2012, 02:13:20 AM »
Meditation is a word that is frequently used in context with spirituality. One is meditating in order to find peace of mind, to shed the stress of the daily activities from one’s mind, to take one’s mind off the burdens of one’s daily job.

One is implored to find a spiritual resting place through meditation, a place that is far removed from the places one generally finds oneself in.

In order to meditate, one is asked to get away from it all, to isolate oneself from the daily activities and create an oasis of peace or find one that some else has already established. This remote place can be a room in one’s own house that one goes into and shuts the door, or it can be a church or temple or retreat where one finds respite.

The practice of meditation therefore usually involves going away from things one considers stressful and going towards the things one finds peaceful. Only in a peaceful environment can one generally find the proper atmosphere to quiet one’s mind which leads to inner peace.

One does not consider the possibility of finding peace at one’s work or during one’s time with one’s children, etc.

One goes to a yoga class to find inner harmony and peace.

One takes a course in meditation to look for inner stillness.

During those classes one is generally taught to take the harmony and peace one is experiencing and integrate them with one’s daily life, to make them a part of one’s daily existence. But quite often the inner stillness comes to an end the moment one is confronted with the mundane activities of one’s life.

So, why even bother to meditate at all, if the results are so temporary and short-lived?

Meditation was established by great teachers who experienced the power of Meditation first hand and who also realized its usefulness in daily life.

Meditation is more than something one does in order to still one’s mind for a short while. Meditation is a permanent state of mind. Meditation is another word for being conscious of one’s innermost Self.

This innermost Self is not the mind, it is not the ego, and it is not the body.

This innermost Self is one’s sense of existence, one’s sense of being, one’s being aware of existing. This innermost Self is the conscious Self.

There is a need in all people to find a sense of identity. In a way, one is looking for an answer to the question of: “Who am I?” Generally one is encouraged to identify with the aspects of one’s being that are the most tangible, such as body and mind.

Once one has established this sense of identity based on body and mind, one does not want to give up this identification. One’s experiences in the body shape a sense of personality that is maintained with the help of the mind. This personality is the ego. The ego says: “I am this person that is distinct from that person over there.”

Holding on to one’s identification with the ego that has been formed through one’s life experiences can cause conflicts in one’s environment, because the ego tends to be inflexible when confronted with “another” point of view based on someone else’s life’s experiences.

Only when one lets go of this identification with one’s ego is true reconciliation with another person possible.

This letting go can also be described as the giving up of one’s position and the acceptance of another point of view.

In this acceptance the two points of view can be reconciled.

In Meditation a similar letting go and acceptance is experienced.

In Meditation the ego is letting go and the conscious Self is accepted as one’s true identity.

Why does this happen? Because one realizes that the ego is a too limited and non-satisfying sense of self and that the conscious Self is a more potent and satisfying experience to be identified with. Therefore the shift from one to the other is quite natural and does not involve any kind of effort.

Meditation is therefore effortless and natural.

All it takes is someone who points one in the direction of the conscious Self. One’s belief in the validity of this conscious Self helps in accepting it as a possibility in the search for an identity.

There is nothing more to Meditation and to finding a truly satisfying answer to the question of: “Who am I?”


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