What is meditation?
The English word meditation is derived from the Latin meditatio, from a verb meditari, meaning “to think, contemplate, devise, and ponder”
In the beginning, when we were children, it was easy just to be.
But the simplicity of being seems to disappear with the process of growth and learning. Inner delight and spontaneity fade as we move into adult life. Involvement with the activities of the world and the search for outer satisfaction carry us away from ourselves. The source of contentment and quiet joy that lies within becomes covered over as life becomes more sophisticated.
While the world is changing at an ever-increasing rate, instability grows.
Many people find that the traditions which in the past provided a frame of reference no longer give the same sense of security.
That insecurity increases as respect for law itself diminishes.
As always when society runs down, there are forces which arise to counter these adverse influences.
One result has been the spread of ideas and practices from both east and west aimed at restoring balance to this disturbed world.
Teachers from the east have attempted to remind the west of a way of life which is in keeping with natural law, and to reawaken awareness of the deeper aspects of man’s nature, which lie beyond the pursuit of material progress.
There has been a ready response to these reminders. Many people want to find a deeper significance to life, a point and purpose to their existence. They long to see peace restored to the world; and to see themselves and others pursuing their affairs with happiness and confidence. This has led to a wider acceptance of meditation as a method of restoring inner peace, freedom and contentment.
But as alternative methods and techniques become available, questions arise: “If meditation is to allow people to discover what is already there, why so many different techniques?”, “Do different techniques produced different results?”, “Is there something which is common to them all?”, “Will meditation help me to know myself?”, “What does it mean in practice?”
“ Meditation is there to get you out of the creation in the sense of full realization and also to get around the creation in a happy, harmonious, intelligent and efficient manner via measure. “
(Taken from the Introduction to the book ‘Being Oneself –the way of meditation’
written and compiled by FW Whiting with members of The School of Meditation, London)
Science & Meditation
“Science says that the meditative state is a 4th state of consciousness, distinct from waking dream and sleeping.
It is a state of very deep rest, deeper than sleep & simultaneously a state of Electrophysiological brain functioning.
That means orderliness of the brain, maximum EEG Coherence.’
EEG coherence correlates with rising IQ, Intelligence, Creativity, Learning Abilities, Psychological stability, Emotional Maturity.
Everything good about the mind depends on its orderly function.”
-John Hagelin, Ph.D., world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert, and leading proponent of peace.