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May 9, 2011

Introduction To Meditation

I am going to be writing about meditation for the next month or so. I have taught meditation for over 20 years to thousands of students. That being said, what I write about are guidelines, not rules. Some students thrive in a strict discipline style of meditation, others do well under more informal means. The point is that different styles fit different people and I am only writing from my point of view.

I believe meditation is extremely important. It helps clear the impurities of our mind and lets us handle the turbulence of everyday life better. When many people think of meditation, they may think of Buddhism with its emphasis on the same. However, many religions and philosophies encourage meditation, albeit different ways and different goals.

Meditation is a choice and certainly not a forced activity. If you choose to take up meditation, there is no question that you will be perfectly capable of it. The issue is not so much success in meditating, but rather whether you may be willing to accept your meditation experience just as it is.

Being one with your meditation is simply to be one with your present experience. Being one with your present experience is to become one with yourself. Whatever benefits may arise from meditating like harmony and inner peace, they are likely to come not from trying to control or change something, but from just sitting.