What is meditation? Meditation is peace. Meditation is harmony. Meditation is love. Meditation is oneness. Meditation offers all of these qualities because it connects us with the true source of life from within. In simplest terms, meditation is the act of getting in tune with your inner self, which embodies all of these positive qualities. We are currently connected with the outer life, which offers us a constant source of stress, anxiety, and nervousness. The thoughts and emotions that are tied to our outer life events only amplify the worries that assail us. But by practicing meditation daily, we dive deep inside into a calm ocean, and from there our world perception widens, we have more control over our thoughts and emotions, and naturally we will feel more inspired to do things that help us make progress in our lives. Meditation simplifies what needs to be simplified, lightens what needs to be lightened, and, given due time, harmonizes what needs to be harmonized in our lives.
From his book “Meditation: Man Perfection in God-Satisfaction”, Sri Chinmoy writes:
“We meditate because this world of ours has not been able to fulfill us. The so-called peace that we feel in our day-to-day life is five mintues of peace after ten hours of anxiety, worry and frustration… It is only through meditation that we can get lasting peace, divine peace… We need meditation because we want to grow in light and fulfill ourselves in light. If this is our aspiration, if this is our thirst, then meditation is the only way.”
Although there are many approaches to meditation, there’s still a single unifying theme: maintaining a calm and quiet mind. It seems that without quieting down the buzz of our trivial, daily thoughts, lasting peace is difficult to achieve. Our meditation techniques will help you focus on the heart so that the restless mind can rest while you tune in to yourself.