Life has its way. Too often it’s out of alignment with the way we want things to go. Meditation, however, is the discipline that “tunes in” life. Through meditation, outer life begins to mingle peacefully with our own inner life. Life’s way starts to be similar to the way we want things to be.
Meditation assists us with personal development. I mean, we desire a better life and we try to make things happen. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, no real improvements are realized. Meditation assists us by 1) changing any new feelings we have about the changes we have made from uncomfortable to calm. New feelings become acceptable.
Meditation assists me to change my mental and emotional state. Always to a preferred state of calm and confidence. As a result, my decisions lead to better outcomes. One thing I’m certain of is that my “states” are always on the move. Much like the weather, a new front is always coming.
The weather we see in the sky is a sign or symbolic representation of our mind, our inner experience. Creating a stew or a soup is also representative of our inner experience. What we put into our pot typically either goes well together and results in a pleasurable eating experience, or we learn not to mix those ingredients together again.
Similarly, our mind is exposed to the experiences we agree to participate in, the thoughts, beliefs, ideas and values that are meaningful to us. Our expectations, our purpose, and our philosophy of life, all combine and mix well together in our minds, creating a pleasurable life experience, or they don’t.
Unfortunately, it’s all too common to think that our feelings are caused by others. When in fact, there is a multitude of ingredients that go into their preparation. We just don’t normally think in these terms. Instead of us preparing our emotional experience, we think that it “just happens” and often because of others or due to our unmet desires.