Meditation is the yoga practice that helps a person to develop mentally and spiritually. There are many forms of meditation, but the meditation taught in our Meditation Center is based on the principle “as you think so you become“. Meditation is also described as a kind of concentrated thinking, but this does not mean just any kind of concentrated thinking. Concentrating on a pet rock or an ice cream is not meditation. Meditation is the process of concentrating the mind on the source of consciousness within us. Gradually this leads us to discover that our own consciousness is infinite. This is why the goal of meditation is sometimes described as “self-realization.”
Meditation is to go beyond thought itself: to transcend the mind into the consciousness within which it exists; indeed within which everything exists, gradually giving us a greater understanding of ourselves, our place in the universe and the connectedness of all things and events.
The goal of meditation is to realize who we really are at the core of our being. The philosophy of yoga says there are two different levels to our inner self: our mental or emotional self and our spiritual self. The mental self is sometimes called the individual mind. It is limited because it is strongly associated with our limited physical body and is the cause of the feeling “I am this individual person” – our ego. But our real sense of self-awareness comes from our connection to a wider, subtler form of consciousness. Yogic philosophy says there is a reflection of an infinite, all knowing form of consciousness within our minds. This Infinite Consciousness is unchanging and eternal, and is at the core of our true spiritual “Self”.In this realisation, it gives us the one thing we crave more than anything else: infinite happiness, or bliss. We may call it unconditional love; perfect peace; or whatever else we may wish to. But whatever we call it the feeling is the same.
So the practice of meditation is inherently linked to the essence of our existence and our greatest life purpose. Meditation facilitates the blossoming of the flower of humanity to its greatest potential: the realization that one’s innermost self is none other than the Cosmic Self that pervades all things. It means to look within your mind to feel the bliss that is the essence of your existence. That bliss is within you, just as it is within everybody and everything. Consciously or unconsciously, we all want it and we are all striving to achieve it. We all long to find calm within the chaos of our lives, not realizing that it is nowhere but within us. We try to quench our inner longing for limitlessness with the limited objects of this world, forgetting the limitless source of peace and inspiration within ourselves. We search for love from the people in our lives; happiness from the objects of the world. But their presence is also transitory and so the love and happiness they give us does not last forever.
It is entirely possible though – through constant practice – to discover the endless fountain of peace and inspiration within ourselves; to access that infinite source of love and happiness; to infuse our mind and pervade our whole existence with it. This is what will give us real fulfilment; lasting satisfaction.It may sound elusive but it is not difficult. It is a simple process. It only requires sincere effort. The reward is far greater than anything you will ever have to put into it.
Please contact us if you are interested to attend our next meditation workshop.