Meditation is for self-fulfillment.
All of our activities - our pursuit of fame and fortune, our quest for meaningful relationships, our drive to create or change things - are searches for self-fulfillment. But, time and again, we see them fall short of the mark.
Why? Why does self-fulfillment prove so elusive in spite of our attaining considerable success in some or all of these pursuits?
The answer lies in the subtle yet striking difference between the 'soul feeling' and the 'worldly feeling.'
How do you feel when you look at the sunset or a sunrise, at a calm river or a silent mountain or when you read a book, listen to music or play a sport that you thoroughly enjoy?
And how do you feel when someone praises you, when you are approved, accepted, applauded?
Do you see any contrast between the two feelings?
While the first is the 'soul feeling' or feeling of self-fulfillment, the latter is the 'worldly feeling' of self-glorification and self-promotion.
Most, if not all, of our activities bring us immediate thrills, momentary excitement, and eventually a colossal emptiness. They are 'other' dependent and seek to satisfy the ego's need for appreciation and acceptance. They are incapable of getting us to self-fulfillment.
On the other hand, self-fulfillment is independent of anyone outside of us and arises naturally from within. It makes ego and its needs redundant.
If you are someone, who struggles with modern life's emptiness and lack of meaning, who finds a monk's bright demeanour and quiet contentment intriguing, who wonders what inner peace he may have found, who dreams of the possibility of attaining the same blissful state, then you have arrived at just the right place.
Do-meditation.com is about a better way to live – more pleasing, more fulfilling, more peaceful than the hurried state of affairs we have grown accustomed to.
The site is designed to serve as a guide on your journey of contemplation and self-reflection, leading to the state of permanent bliss that many of us seek, but few ever find.
Here you will get:
What is meditation?
It is a method to develop our capacity to be aware in the present moment. It increases awareness or mindfulness of our body and our senses, of our mind and our heart.
It manifests our inner potential into our daily lives and awakens us to the universal law of impermanence.
Meditation, for the first time in our lives, allows us to consciously comprehend the inviolable law of nature – change, and how it affects us.
It opens our eyes to the true cause of misery – fighting change.
Because, it is the only process that allows us to step into the awareness, where we can finally start finding answers to our existential questions.
The answers can’t be given to us, though numerous religions and ideologies have professed to do so for centuries.
They must be found inside us, by ourselves, in our own time.
What causes suffering and how does meditation help?
Our suffering is not due to change itself, but due to our clinging to things staying the same. We suffer due to our attachment to the way things are and to our notion of how things should be.
Our resistance to their metamorphosing into something different makes us miserable.
Meditation teaches us how to let go, and how to stay calm and centered in the midst of change. We have to understand that letting go does not mean not caring about things – it means caring for them with only a sense of duty and without undue attachment.
We learn to invest ourselves only in the process, not in the outcome.
Regardless of the outcome, we stay happy because happiness depends upon doing our best and not on the achievement of a 'desired' result.
Once we learn how to live in this fully engaged but 'detached' state, life becomes easy, and we rise above the daily grind of trying to be 'successful' - whatever that may mean in your unique context.
Finally, we begin to find joy and contentment in everything we do and life starts to run on auto-pilot. This joy and contentment is our birth right and we owe it to ourselves to reach out and claim it.
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