How many times have you asked yourself this question? And how many more times are you going to ask again before you give it a try?
You’d like to, you think to yourself, except it’s probably a waste of time. Something that’s best left for yogis in India, Zen Masters in Japan, or New Age hippies in LA. Actually, you think it could be beneficial – of course, you haven’t tried it yet, so you don’t really know… or you’ve tried a form of meditation that didn’t work for you – but the bottom line is right now you're too busy with your “real life” and “real things to do” and so, in your mind, you continue to choose to do anything but meditate.
Sound about right? Of course it does. We’re human. And we have that complex biological super-computer called “the mind.” And because we live in the 21st century, that mind is stimulated by 400 billion bits of data every single waking second via the five senses as well as our thoughts and emotions, all competing for one thing and one thing only – our attention.
And since you probably don’t live in a cave in the Himalayas with no responsibilities or worldly concerns, you are totally and completely stressed out. Gotta pay your rent, car payment, car insurance, health insurance, cable bill, gas bill, electric bill, etc. Gotta pay for food, fun, your husband or wife, your kids. Not married? Well then, gotta pay for the gym, your monthly dues for the “I’m-Unhappy-But-A-Relationship-Will-Magically-Make-Me-Happy-Dot-Com” dating website, not to mention drinks and dinner for all your dates which, by the way, almost always lead to a sense of frustration, emptiness, and the question, “Why did I just do that?”
Of course, you’ve gotta get a job to pay for all these wonderful expenses. And not just any job… a good job! One with a good salary so you can lease that BMW you’re salivating over. And you’ve gotta work like a slave to keep that job because thousands of other people who are competing for it are just as qualified because, let’s face it, you probably don’t even like your job. How could you possibly be any good at it?
This leaves you stressed out. Worried. Always in some form of panicked state. You’re putting on weight. Not exercising. Indulging in the quick fixes of food, alcohol, drugs, sex, movies, TV, video games, relationships, shopping, etc.
In fact, the only time you ever really get any real relief from all of this is when you go to sleep. In other words, the only time you achieve any lasting peace, is when you’re unconscious!
So, I ask you again… Why meditate?
Because. This cycle must end. And it can. It’s actually quite simple.
Here’s the problem. If you are one of 99.9% of the human population, your mind and emotions currently control you. There’s nothing wrong with you by the way, this is just how it is living in modern civilization. We react to virtually every thought, desire, and feeling that pulsates through our bodies. Like a water-skier who’s just fallen, we latch on to these things while the speedboat rakes us through the water. We believe that these thoughts, desires and feelings are what define us. I mean, who are you if not your name, career, body type, age, personality, preferences, and stuff?
Well, this is exactly what you need to find out. And you begin this process by meditating. By stopping what you’re doing, sitting down, and breathing for a few minutes.
By doing a basic breathing meditation, you sit and follow your breath. While doing this, you will notice many different thoughts and feelings that arise. Observe them and let them go. Do not indulge them by letting them take you on a magic carpet ride, but you don’t need to fight them either or pretend they don’t exist. By simply noticing what is happening in your body, you will begin to increase your awareness.
As you practice this more and more, you will notice your thoughts and feelings as they arise in your daily life. No longer will these things control you. When your thoughts and emotions no longer control you, a sense of peace arises. You get in touch with your intuition and inner wisdom. You feel connected to the universe and all living beings.
Synchronicity starts to happen. Things start to suddenly go your way. The world is no longer the crazy stressed-out place it seemed to be. Suddenly you find yourself in a world filled with peace, love, joy, and happiness. A happiness that is no longer dependent on some outer thing or event, but which arises naturally from within.
And so you wonder, “Can this meditation thing really lead to something as elusive and profound as true peace, joy, and happiness?”
And I say to you, without a shred of doubt…