Why Meditate


Meditation is designed to still the mind.   The mind gets in the way and obscures your true nature from you.     The mind is a great servant but a lousy master.    Most people operate in life as if they are their mind.  More conscious people  have an awareness  that the mind gives only a very limited perspective on things.     It`s a great tool for logic and reason but it aught not to be in control of the input it takes notice of when making evaluations and judgments.    That`s where Meditation comes in.





The reason meditation works is because it slows down our brain waves. The deeper the meditation the slower the brainwave. The slower the brain wave the more we can access our Creativity, Inspiration and Intuition... When we begin to daydream in the middle of the day and twenty minutes later we suddenly 'wake up' and realize that we have absolutely no idea what transpired around us during that time it is because we entered a slower brainwave rhythm.

Of course faster brainwaves are crucial to our survival.  They make us ultra alert to danger .... in the fight or flight state our brainwaves are in hyper mode.    But although that means we are very focused on an acute need and therefore have the better chance of physical survival .... it is certainly not the best state to be in when making more subtle decisions and observations.

The faster brainwaves equate with a narrowing of consciousness. We seem and are very alert .... but over a very narrow field of awareness. We only focus on the information needed to relieve ourselves of the perceived threat.    Sometimes the threat is very real, sometimes it`s something that seems threatening only because of a misinterpretation.  If it`s real then we need the narrow focus and the narrow focus is an appropriate state to be in.   However, meditation, because it broadens our overall awareness and consciousness makes the chances of a threat that is only a misinterpretation less and less likely.    


The Illusion of Separatness

Using Meditation to Free Yourself 

We develop beliefs about who we are and what our relationship is to the rest of the world based on early life interactions and experiences. Naturally these experiences come mainly from our parents.

We start out with a blank sheet of information about the world, and so what we experience initially forms a very strong foundation.  So strong is this foundation that we believe it to be the core of us and not just a set of experiences. 

 Not only do we have a blank sheet of paper, but we are also completely dependant on others for our very survival: mentally, emotionally and physically.   So even if we feel something is wrong as a child, in order to survive, it is in our best interests to adapt to the situation.   Unless we consciously review all this in our adult life we remain unconsciously steered by this initial foundation.

This means that, even when we know we sometimes operate from a dysfunctional place, it is so hard to change it`s hold on us.

We don't consciously choose these beliefs. We soak them up from our life experiences when we're too small to have an effective way to evaluate them. These beliefs become core components of how we see other people, the world, and ourselves. How we evaluate our place in the world.

Also the slower the brain wave the more we can access our underlying thought processes and change what is dysfunctional.    This is another outcome of meditation.  We get to understand the initial foundation and so can review it.    


                 You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
                                Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)