How did you learn about meditation and what made you start practicing?
I was a teen and my dad was reading a book called ‘The Relaxation Response”, It was not Meditation Per Se but the principle was similar. I read parts of the book & that started my journey. What about you? Why do you meditate? Some to see the future, others understand themselves? What is your reason?
UPDATE: I am so glad I asked this question! Everyone has Awesome answers! I would never vote on anyone’s as best..I guess that is EP’s Job? So interesting to see the whys/reasons. I love the peace I feel when I meditate. I sometimes don’t want to leave ; ). To me it is taking that feeling and hopefully bringing it into my life and those I come in contact with? Who Knows,hopefully I do my little part. There are times, it is difficult to meditate (stress, etc) But I continue.Then I pass through that part & begin again. It is as important to me as breathing. It is my safe haven. THANK YOU ALL, for sharing! I feel e/o that is into this helps e/o. I love reading.Thanks again to ALL!
Answer by pukirahe Feb 5th, 2010 at 11:16PM
It is an ancient practice of profound thinking in each rational being. Meditation becomes something mysterious and confusing by the teaching of false teachers. Yes, meditation cannot be defined, hence it cannot be taught. Each human being has the power of thought and needs to attain glorious self-realization by self training and self application. So, he who turns his mind into high ideals, he will receive marvelous inspirations, and with practice he will become enlightened, and this enlightenment is completely personal. All training, especially collective training in societies or monasteries, about meditation are fake.
In this mature age of the human race, each individual will become his own master in all things. Now, I can teach my grandchildren nothing. They get physical and intellectual training in various schools, but for spiritual development they learn independently and directly from the guidance of God.
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