Meditation Thurs. July 15, 2021 Reflection…….
I often ask myself, why do I meditate?
And I ask this question not because I doubt the efficacy of meditation but rather to remind myself how beneficial it is in my life.
I’m pretty sure that meditation has helped me to grow as a person, has given me an interest to explore my mind and my motivations and most importantly to advance my spiritual journey.
Even though as most of you are aware I associate with a particular religious tradition, culture and spirituality I strive to have a non-sectarian approach in my life and particularly when we meet here each week. After all my path is not necessarily your path and vice-versa.
I have found that when I stop and meditate, particularly at those times when life throws up difficult challenges I am better equipped to deal with emotions especially those negative emotions that cause stress and anxiety. As a result this helps to build a foundation for a more fulfilling life.
A novice meditator asked her teacher, “what should I do to get satisfaction from my meditation?”
The teacher replied: “If you wish to meditate and receive the fruits of meditation there are two things you must know. The first is that is you are constantly thinking I must improve my meditation, this is not good.”
“And the second”, the student asked.
“The second is that you must act as if you did not know the first.”
So now let’s meditate for about 20 minutes in the manner in which you are most comfortable always keeping in mind that we meditate not only for ourselves but for the benefit of others.
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