Mediation A Process of One. . .
Why do people remain unfulfilled despite having all kinds of comforts and conveniences? The significance of being human is in striving to transcend limitations, which is what makes meditation important in our life.
Meditation is a means to go beyond the limitations of the physical body and the mind. Only when we transcend the limited perspective of the body and mind do we have a complete dimension of life within.
When you are identified as the body, your whole perspective of life will be about survival. When you are identified as the mind, your whole perspective is enslaved to the social, religious and family perspective. You cannot look beyond that. Only when you become free from the modifications of your own mind will you know the dimension of this life.
This body and this mind are not yours. They are something that you have accumulated over a period of time. Your body is just a unity of processes fueled by the food you have eaten. Your mind is just a collection of impressions you have gathered from the outside world.
Like you have a home and a bank balance, you have a body and a mind. This moment called life does require for most of us, a place to reside, a healthy body to carry us through the journey and a good mind to bring it all together and to live a good life, but they are not sufficient. No human being will ever be fulfilled by these things. They will only make life comfortable and conducive. If you look at us as a generation, never before could another generation even dream of the kinds of conveniences and comforts we have. But we cannot claim we are the most joyful or loving generation on the planet. No generation has ever been able to make that claim.
Our instruments of the body and mind are good for survival, but they will not fulfill us because the quality of a human life is to seek something more. If you we not know who we are, are we capable of knowing what the world is? We can experience the quality of who/what we truly are only if we transcend the limitations of our body and mind.
This is because the quality of a human being has crossed a certain boundary of awareness. It has to seek something more, otherwise it will never be satisfied. It has to become unlimited – and dhyana or meditation is a way of moving into the unlimited dimension of our root being.
Meditation as a process is exclusive, which leads to inclusiveness later on, but when you start it off, you close your eyes and sit. People who are in the initial phase of a spiritual process always become too exclusive – they cannot mix with anyone. I think that is one of the fears that is present in people, “If I go on a spiritual path, maybe I cannot mix with society,” because it is essentially exclusive.
Though this is true for the process of meditation its is also the light that eventually shines in the mind showing us just how connected we are, how we are not untouched, unscathed individuals but instead a community trying to navigate a big misunderstanding in order to see and be something bigger than any individual energy.
It is the single light that once illuminated reveals us all.
Peace and Love, Jim