|Why is meditation becoming more and more
So why is meditation becoming more popular? What are the reasons?. Why increase of interest in meditation
The first reason is medical. Now you can see meditation as a medicine on doctors
prescriptions for physical health problems. Some people believe that meditation can heal
the physical sicknesses that medicine has failed to heal, like cancer, diabetes, heart
problems etc. There are a couple of studies on this, and they prove that meditation can help to cure your body.
Meditation may help to cure you, it may not, it is not a miracle. Some people think that meditation is a miracle that it can do everything. It does not work this way, rather than being a miracle it can be a very scientific phenomena. When the body is calm and quiet your whole system is settling down, resting deeply, your whole body, each cell, each organ is working properly and your immune system, enzymes and hormones are working nicely.
So it may help you to have a healthy body but not necessarily 100 percent. So what we try to do in those situations is learn to live with our life conditions, this is the best result you can get from meditation. You are learning to live peacefully with yourself. ”
“The second reason is psychological sicknesses. Some people come to meditate
because of their mental health . Some psychiatrists ask people to meditate to change
their minds because chemistry can’t change their attitude, drugs can’t change their
mentality. They think that once they meditate they can change their way of thinking, they can change their attitudes towards themselves, others and the world, they can live in the present moment. It helps you to have a healthy and balanced mind.”
The third reason is education. Young people are starting to look to meditation to
aid them in their studies. they are using meditation “. to improve their memories , their
intelligence, and their education. As we know, when your mind is calm, when it’s clear, that type of mind can absorb information and data very clearly. There is nothing to disturb your understanding” These first three reasons are very worldly expectations but also very useful. They can yield very tangible results in day to day life.
The fourth reason is dissatisfaction. We are always dissatisfied with our lives but
more and more dissatisfaction is happening in this modern world. You can choose from 500 varieties of cheese in supermarkets and we think that if we have choices, if we can choose one from hundreds, one from thousands that’s to be a perfect one, an enlightened one. Is it you, your mind, your conditioning, who projects this target? That is the beauty of Buddhist meditation, it asks you to come to this present moment, to here, to now, not living in the future, making a dream world and trying to fulfill those dreams.
Meditation is not about fulfilling your dreams., If you want to fulfill your dreams you have to awake. You can’t fulfill any single dream when you are asleep.
One can say meditation is a way to awake to your life, to awake to your dreams. Rather
than trying to struggle to fulfill your dreams, meditation is a way to awake, to awake to your desires, and to see why do I want to do this, or be that. What is wrong with my self?
Another important thing, if you create that duality, ‘I am not enlightened and I want
to be enlightened, I am not perfect and I want to be perfect’, you are becoming a victim of your own resisting and grasping. You are resisting to your own present life, to your own present nature because you are grasping some future model. So you are not happy with your present life.
When you meditate with this attitude you be come more and more
disappointed and unhappy. You are loosing peace, stillness and friendliness within your
self. So in this Buddhist meditation we are simply trying to come back to ourselves, that
is the most difficult thing. Going away from our life is very easy, we are always doing that
journey. As education, as a job, as a marriage, as politics. We are always doing this journey to go away from our lives, away from ourselves.
We are not happy so we want to escape ourselves so we use money, partners etc as a
vehicle to go away from ourselves. But in the meditation we have to come back to ourselves and see ‘who am I?’ and ‘What is happening here and now?’