If you are looking to calm the mind; the peaceful practice of meditation will allow you to be the observer of the mind’s activities, thus becoming less involved in the urgency of emotional and mental drama. This practiced detachment is the first step toward the inner quiet where the mind becomes transparent to the inner equipoise that always lies just behind the mind. When the mind can be still, you will experience the pure happiness that is your true nature. As the practice of meditation matures, this inner serenity and balance will make its way into all corners of your life and you will be the happy and steady person on the outside that you truly are on the inside.
Meditation is an ancient tradition in all the world’s cultures that has been practiced and taught for thousands of years by a few. If you are one of the few who would like to discover your inner Self and enjoy the happiness of your true nature, consider learning about the practice of meditation. If you can give yourself 15 minutes every day to sit quietly, it is certain that you will awaken the steady and cheerful person within.
Levels of Meditation
• Learning About Meditation
The student can learn, from a book or teacher, about the practice, purpose, and state of meditation without actually doing the practice.
• Learning Meditation
A book or teacher cannot teach the student meditation. Only meditation can teach meditation. It is in the actual practice that meditation is revealed.
• Transcendence of the Mind
Through the discipline of daily practice, one can glimpse the inner stillness that reveals the true Self of the meditator—consciousness itself, the impartial witness of the mind. In this stillness is the sweetness and serenity that exists continuously just behind the mind.
• Attainment of the Steady State
Over time, the meditator becomes established in the peaceful presence of the meditative state. The tyranny of the mind is overcome and one becomes free from a lifetime of mental conditioning. The meditator lives continuously in the happiness of the peaceful presence.