Meditation is not a means to an end
It is both the means and the end.
Krishnamurti was an Indian-born scholar and philosopher, a writer whose work embraced no particular religion, but one who had profound wisdom in the spiritual realm. He stressed that world change could not occur through some exterior entity — be it religious, social, or political. Change had to emerge from within. While he never allowed himself to be described as a guru, a spiritual teacher who engages with a following, he was nonetheless, the voice of Truth to many.
Meditation, then, is both a practice, as something we do, to reach an end, (some would say spiritual enlightenment and waking up), and yet meditation is the end itself. Not to get too complicated — we just do it.
In the lexicon of spiritual activities, meditation ranks at the top. In classic yoga, meditation (dhyana, in Sanskrit), is the seventh of the eight limbs. If we thought of them as rungs, only samadhi, the superconscious state, would rank above it. As I tell my students, I can help to teach the other limbs of yoga, like breathing and posture, but this state, described in many ways as realization or oneness with the Supreme, is not teachable, it comes to us by Grace. So you might as well just relax and meditate and see what happens.
Here’s an idea:
After you meditate, try writing down your experience. How did it feel? How did you feel before and after? Was the mind especially active? Are you more calm? More anything?
- Over time, you will see patterns forming. These will help you. For example, you might find morning meditation more pleasant and useful than evening. You might adjust you time to sit in meditation. It’s your own personal preference.
- Not meditating at all? Maybe you will write a few words or think of why you have made this choice. Remember, no one is judging! No one! Not ever! (Wasn’t that the point of the last lesson?)
Let’s stay in touch on the subject of meditation. If you already meditate, I will be interested in what you think of these posts. We can all learn together.
Just be lighter and happier whatever you are doing and wherever you are right now.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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