Many beginners approach meditation with rather narrow
notions of what it is supposed to achieve and how it is
to do so. Yet when you meditate, the last thing you want
is to clutter your practice with expectations of reaching
a specific goal - whatever that goal may be. Not only are
you very likely to stumble over these homemade obstacles,
but you will also deny yourself those very opportunities
that can arise unexpectedly through meditation.
However, as a member of Western culture (like myself), you
don't usually do something "without purpose".
In fact, to tell you that there was no purpose in meditation
would be an insult to your very motivation to meditate in
the first place.
In this dilemma, let me offer you my view of why you might
wish to meditate - besides the obvious benefits such as
stress reduction and increased focus. To me, meditation
is a path directly to reconnecting with your self: your
inner voice or your intuition if you will. Note that this
purpose does not limit your practice. On the contrary, it
encourages exploration of anything that comes to you during
What is your purpose in life?
Here lies the secret to a goal that does not hinder your
development. It is a different philosophy not only about
meditation, but about life in general.
In answering this question, you may think at first of concrete
projects that will somehow become your legacy. This could
be an achievement through which you will be remembered by
mankind, or it could be something a little smaller, though
no less valuable, such as raising your children. The trouble
lies not in finding projects that we know are good: the difficulty
is to know whether they really coincide with who we truly
In my opinion, our quest in life is not for measurable contributions
to the world at large. These will come naturally as you
take on the real challenge: to get to know yourself.
Unfortunately, our modern societies and the struggle for
survival are not conducive to hearing ourselves amidst the
noise and bustle of artificial distractions. In fact, many
people dont even want to listen - facing ourselves
and learning about who we really are is the toughest thing
for anyone to do. It is much more convenient to simply continue
to bury our heads in the sand. However, the pessure of the
consequences will inadvertently bear down on us.
Reconnecting with yourself through meditation
How many people at one point in their lives realize suddenly
that no success has been able to bring them peace and happiness?
How many wake up to a life empty of meaning after they have
allowed themselves to be crushed underneath outside demands.
On our journey toward hearing your inner voice once more
and following your intuition, meditation can be a wonderful
path to explore. It will assist you in slowing down and
turning your attention inward. This is a process of calming
your ever-anxious mind, but not ever of silencing it. Your
breath will guide you into the rich and beautiful inner
world of yourself. There is much to see, and hear, and feel
in this world, and everything that you notice is a valuable
lesson. Step by step, your meditation practice will help
you become more familiar with who you are. Only when you
have truly recognized your personal source of being will
you be able to make the contributions to the world that
you were born to make.