Since I learned to meditate twenty five years ago, I have experienced joy and bliss. I have also experienced boredom and frustration. I’ve had periods of relative calm and times of being swept away into catastrophic thinking and despair. I know through my direct experience that conditions in the mind are always changing. Experiences of all kinds come and go. They are not permanent and they are not meant to be permanent. The very nature of human beings experiencing life is one of change. It does seem to be our nature to grab on and want things to stay the same.
I practice and teach in the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation. Swami Rama describes meditation as “a method of exploring inner dimensions of life and to introduce you to yourself on all levels. We train the mind to let go of its tendencies to think, analyze, remember, or solve problems and relax into a clear, quiet, focus within. Beyond body, breath and mind lies silence. From silence emanates peace, happiness and bliss.”
The practice of meditation is one of getting to know ourselves and of training our mind. We do this through mindfulness practices and there are many excellent methods to help us develop the skill and capacity to observe our experience. As our mind stills, we become aware of what never changes.
Explore this at my upcoming workshop Meditation, Spiritual Depth and the End of Spiritual Seeking. Register here.