To explain the purposes of meditation to someone who has no sense of spirit, calm, and peace is like trying to explain to someone the science of logic. What place does it have in their life, how are they to use it and where did it come from, if it never existed before in their life experience.
How do you know what concentration on a virtuous object is
It’s like explaining to someone about God for the first time who may know of other gods. There is so much to learn and everyone wants to know how to gain God’s attention so they may be the focus of the great eternal love they hear about.
There are many things to focus your attention on, but they will not give you the same affects as contemplating on the meaning of a virtuous state of mind, to concentrate single-pointedly on, and to become deeply acquainted with it.
People usually come to meditation and or prayer long after they have found their own life and mind out of control, being blown here and there and unable to find happiness. People know they want happiness but they may not know if it is inner peace or outer peace they seek. People are so used to filling up the space in their lives with “stuff” that to meditate and make space, to be able to create clarity and to make room for spirit in their lives is a whole different ballgame.
When meditation doesn’t seem to be going well
In the beginning when meditation seems pointless and going nowhere you should remember that by applying effort to train in meditation you are creating the mental karma to experience inner peace in the future. If you train in meditation your mind becomes more and more peaceful, and you shall experience a purer form of happiness. Eventually you are able to stay happy all of the time, even in the most difficult situations.
Gradually you develop mental equilibrium
Meditation is like having the space to create a garden. What you do with that space is what will grow there. If you leave it unattended, anything can grow there and becomes wild and out of control. Taking the time to plant the correct seed and tending to your mind’s space which leads to spirit’s space, is the source of all happiness and just how important meditation is.
Many people think in order to pray they themselves must become first more virtuous, but if this were true then nobody would be meditating.
At first the mind is so very busy
Even as you begin to train inn meditation and find the calmer aspects of life you will find those around you will still try to suck you into their dramas, wishing for you to go on the roller coaster ride of madness with them like you always did before. It is easy to get caught up in the old cycles, but you will come to realize these are not areas you wish to wander any more. The old dramas may feel as though they are a waste of your time and unnecessary when your mind becomes lucid and clear. That is the part of the contentment and peace and constant flow of happiness you are abiding in now. There will always be people with their distractions and turbulence, with their minds all aflutter demanding you come into that “twitch” too.
Experiencing the calm that comes with meditation and the knowing of the answers to your questions in life, gross distractions disappear, you feel naturally warm and well disposed toward all people, you are of a lighter heart and mind, and your relationships will improve.
Things like being detached and not clinging are things that happen as you meditate. It is so much not a need to practice non-attachment as it just becomes a part of your life naturally. Things begin to fall away from you as you learn to see through different eyes. Through meditation what is necessary to focus on and give your attention to comes to the forefront and is no longer unclear to your minds eye.
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