Meditation is not easy. It takes time and it takes energy.
It also takes grit, determination and discipline. It is certainly a great
deal easier just to kick back and watch television. So why bother? Why waste
all that time and energy when you could be out enjoying yourself? Simple.
Because you are human. And just because of the simple fact that you are
human, you find yourself heir to an inherent unsatisfactoriness in life
which simply will not go away.
The essence of our experience is change. Change is
incessant. Moment by moment life flows by and it is never the same. We
categorize experiences into good, bad, or neutral and perceive with a set of
fixed habitual mental responses accordingly. We try to grasp and hold on to
the good, to push away the bad, and to ignore the neutral so we can return
our attention to the first two. Our minds are full of opinions and
criticisms. We have built walls all around ourselves
and we are trapped with
the prison of our own likes and dislikes.
Sounds pretty bleak doesn't it? Luckily it is not; not at
all. It only sounds bleak when you view it from the level of ordinary mental
perspective. There is a way to perceive the world beyond good and bad
experiences. And it is a learnable skill. It is not easy, but it is
Meditation is intended to purify the mind. It brings the
mind to a state of tranquillity and awareness, a state of concentration and
The purpose of meditation is personal transformation. It
changes your character by a process of sensitization, by making you deeply
aware of your own thoughts, words, and deeds. Thus, meditation properly
performed prepares you to meet the ups and downs of existence.
Meditation sharpens your concentration and your thinking
power. Then, piece by piece, your own subconscious motives and mechanics
become clear to you. Your intuition sharpens. The precision of your thought
increases and gradually you come to a direct knowledge of things as they
really are, without prejudice and without illusion. So is this reason enough
to bother? Scarcely. These are just promises on paper. There is only one way
you will ever know if meditation is worth the effort. Learn to do it right,
and do it. See for yourself.