What is Meditation!? | The Answer
So What IS Meditation Anyways!?
This question has been a topic of discussion by many for decades and yet not many have been able to answer it accurately. Meditation is often seen as a commodity, a relaxation technique, and everything in between. People are told how to meditate by so called gurus that do not understand the purpose of meditation to begin with, which is the problem we will try to clear up and shed light on in today's blurb.
OK... then what is it Mr. Know it all?
Well, meditation is a process that eventually allows the user to shut down their sensory experience of reality. With a variety of meditation techniques, one eventually cleanses the mind to such an extent that great clarity and focus is developed. Without this thoughtless state that arises through a non-chattering mind the results of meditation are not achievable under normal conditions.
The result of meditation is a perfect awareness that is unadulterated by the mind's delusions of thought. This allows for one to easily go beyond this physical dimension of reality that is made up by one's senses. Once one is able to quiet the mind and remain in this state the process of meditation automatically happens and one eventually shuts down sensory reality similarly to sleep, only you are aware of the process happening and how it works.
Well... then why am I told to repeat affirmations like mantras??
Mantras and positive affirmations serve a purpose, which is to not only train your mind on how to stay focused on one thing at a time, but to also to get into the habit of changing out negative thought patterns for positive ones and being able to use your new concentration abilities to transcend this plane of existence. Without concentration, one will never be able to shut down their sensory experience of reality and truly dive deep into the depths of this process.
I understand, but what exactly do you mean by 'sensory experience'....?
Well, how do you experience life? How do you experience these words you are reading? You see them, you hear them with your mind, you feel the wind brushing against your skin as you're reading this, you smell your food you are making in the next room and so on.
Look at your best friend, your girlfriend, your family, and understand how you experience them. You see your wife, you can physically feel her skin on yours, you can smell her hair, you can taste her breath and you can even mentally feel her effects on your emotions.
So do you understand yet?
This entire life experience is nothing but a play that is experienced through your senses. Your family, your dog, your computer, your emotions and thoughts are all a part of this sensory experience that your mind has created. How else would you know that something is there without being able to sense it in some way?
Wow... that was profound, I think I finally get it! So what you're saying is~
that we can literally shut down reality and turn it back on through meditation!? OK, I get that, but that makes me think of a couple more questions to ask you. Does that mean reality isn't real? Does that mean I could transform into anything I want to since this entire experience is made by my mind somehow? Oh, and are you just an experience in my mind or am I an experience in yours?
Yes, that is exactly what I am saying
Those are some good questions to ask my friend, and we will surely discuss those questions at a later point in time! Until then, let us try to stay on topic for now.
OK... well my mind always gets distracted during meditation. How do I fix this?
I bet you're practicing sitting meditation huh?
Of course, why wouldn't I be?
For the exact reasons you just stated, duh! When sitting in meditation it is much more troublesome to get into a relaxed state for most. Without being able to relax your body your mind will surely feel the same way. (not relaxed)
In these instances I recommend you skip out on the sitting and go straight to laying down for meditation if you really want to shut down your senses.
But I fall asleep if I do that...
Stop falling asleep then!? You must stay focused on what you are trying to achieve if you want to get any results! Without focused intention, your desire for transcending this mundane reality is not strong enough. Know exactly what you are trying to attain by doing the lying down meditation technique; if you do not, then your mind will still wander and you will still fall asleep instead of consciously transcending your physical senses.
Wait, why did you say 'physical' senses?
Great question friend, one's 'physical senses' are in reference to the commonly referred to sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste. There are, however, mental senses that must be transcended as well once you are able to transcend the physical senses and go beyond awareness of your physical body.
Thanks for clearing that up, You've been a lot of help, what was your name again?
In truth, I do not have a name, but you can just call me Krishna.