16787Meditation Is About More Than Enlightenment
- Sep 4, 2009Over the many years we have held meditation
classes, we always start the 1st class by asking
the students why they are taking the course.
Invariably, the great majority would cite
a need to be able to deal with stress better.
My estimate is between 70% and 80% would
answer this way, and 10-20% would say that
their physician or therapist recommended it to
them. We also always seemed to have a husband
or wife or 2 who were there just because their
spouse was taking the course. And we usually had
several who had been "into" meditation for years,
or were repeating the class, sometimes for years.
What was unusual was that usually only one
or two out of a class of 25 would say they were
there to help them get enlightened. Not to brag,
but to be informational, I want to share that
each Adult Education program we taught for
requested the students to evaluate the class
right after the last (10th) one, and we always
100% of the time received "Excellent" ratings.
And this is due to the content and experiences
that each class contained. And nothing in any
way was "new under the sun". Each guided meditation
and each "how-to" lesson and each concept was
ancient in origin and we were just spinning it
in 20th and 21st century American-english with
a Philly accent. And those who came with no
previous experience did gain hands-on 1st hand
handy methods that they could apply to their
lives immediately and ever after that did help
them deal with stress, or deal with their
physical, emotional, or mental dis-ease. So,
please don't get the impression that getting
Enlightened/Realized/Cosmic Conscious, etc., is
what meditation is about. If that happens, fine!
But what I feel matters is that there is no doubt
that when you meditate you will suffer less in
many ways and deal with your life better and better.
For sure, it is the best thing you can learn and do.
It will "work" (bring you peace) 100% for sure...
if you actually meditate. Talking about it, reading
about it, writing about it, etc., may or may not
lead to anything, but actually meditating will.
Here on this forum we are blessed with having very
wise people sharing deep and important insights, and
they are often aimed at those who are trying to
"get Enlightened". And that is an amazing treasure
worth more than gold or diamonds, but please don't
get the impression that if you seek meditation
knowledge for less lofty aims, there is something
lacking in you or in what meditation can do for
you. All you have to do is meditate.
Peace and blessings,
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