A new member of this group shared that they
wanted to get "serious" about meditation.
In a way this is like feeding a comedian
a straight line, and I'm tempted to come
back with some wise-guy remark like
"Seriously, you can't possibly be serious
about meditation", but I won't....er,
I guess I just did:-) Anyway, an old friend
40+years ago said to me that my "problem" was
that I took serious things that aren't, and
didn't take seriously enough the things that
were. And he was right on. This was back in
hippie days and I was all concerned with sex,
drugs, rock and roll and ending the Vietnam war.
I actually was "spiritually seeking" as well,
but doing it in a way that just came down to
finding new and better ways to get high, and
that's what in part started the assembling of the
meditation techniques that appear on our web
site Meditation Station http://www.meditationsociety.com
But eventually the realization came that evolving in
consciousness was the only real "hope" I (or any
of us) have. Our bodies will surely fade away,
as will our thoughts and emotions. The only
possible thing that may survive is our consciousness.
And that's what meditation deals with. The practicing
of a technique or a few that bring you peace is the
best thing you can do for yourself for now and
if there is a possibility of forever, forever.
Read all you can, be in the company of those who
have an advanced level of spiritual knowledge and
demonstrate it in their actions and reactions, avoid
those who "bring you down", try to be consistent
in your practice, rid yourself of the habit of
habits, don't waste time rehashing the past or
trying to plot the future, witness your life as it
takes place, be selfless in thought and action,
and all the other things that follow the basic
game plan for spiritual growth that the great
Swami Sivananda put so well "Be good. Do good".
And the best specific to meditation advice I
can give you is to actually meditate.
Peace and blessings,