Personally, I love what Osho the Zen Master said . . . “Meditation is your medication, once it has worked for you – you throw away the medication, throw away the Meditation and get a new one . . .” and in the tradition of the Zen Masters they never say anything to fullness, but leave much unsaid . . . for US to meditate on!
So, reasons to meditate:
You find your own inner wisdom . . . one of the most powerful reasons to meditate as far as I’m concerned, because this builds so much inner confidence.
So many of our spiritual masters have taught us that everything comes from within. Our natural wisdom is within, the healer is within and the “Guru” is within. All it takes to tap into all of this inner power, is practice regularly in Meditation. We then learn to master ourselves.
This is one of J. Krishnamurti’s sayings on Meditation: “Meditation is freedom, and it is like entering into an unkown world of beauty and quietness; it is a world without image, symbol or word, without waves of memory.”
Meditation transforms . . . meditation was the final journey of the ancient Vedic yogis (founders of Vedanta, belief in Life Freedom) – they mastered and controlled the body with Asanas, the physical postures of Yoga. Then they mastered and controlled the emotions with Pranayama, the breathing practices and techniques. And finally, they mastered and controlled the mind with Meditation . . . but more than that, they spent their time then in Meditation exploring the quality of “man’s” relationship with God or the Divine. And so the legacy was passed down to us, that we are born with the seeds of Divinity within us – or, as my interpretation goes . . . we’re all potential creative geniuses just waiting to be transformed!
Meditation takes you out into vast spaces of light – in other words, it releases you from tight, little small worlds of being. Your spirit might be wild and on an adventure of its own . . . and you will need to control your own little and constricted mundane mind to follow your bliss with your spirit! I love the fact that knowledge of the Chakras (our own psychic gateways to Cosmic energy) is still a living tradition of the Hopi Indians in North America whose tradition of Meditation is as old as that of the South American Indians and the Yogis of India.
The above paragraph is with reverential reference (to vast spaces of light) to the 6th century Sufi poet Rumi – and I feel I should also share the following with you from South American poet Pablo Neruda as I have such affinity with both himself and Rumi: I also use his term “the light of flowers” for the beautiful state of being that follows when our seeds of potential have blossomed as we follow the paths of our hearts and spirits.
I LOVE YOU BECAUSE I LOVE YOU:
I love you between shadow and soul , I love you as the plant that hasn’t bloomed yet, and carries within it, the light of flowers. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where . . . because of you the dense fragrance that rises from the earth, lives within my body, rioting with hunger for the eternity of our victorious kisses.
Susan’s note: Krishnamurti’s quote on Meditation from Page 121 of his notebook written on September 23rd 1961 in Paris.
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Founder of suZenYoga, Susan Ni Rahilly is a published author, Meditation and Hatha Yoga Teacher. Her teaching typically draws on breathwork in deep Hatha practice, as well as Raja Yoga (the Yoga of Meditation). She lives in West Cork, Ireland where she writes and teaches.