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Is Meditation Safe?

Is Meditation Safe?

“Meditation is a spiritual practice used to open ourselves to the true nature of reality. It’s in sorts a scientific process of introspection, set with an intention of looking at the world in a manner as objective as possible — free of judgments, free of the mind which would judge and categorize anything and everything.

Meditation is not about feeling calm and enlightened — although it can bring about these two experiences as very welcomed side-effects. But if one chooses to practice meditation, in a serious and profound manner as would be the case in a week-long Vipassana or Zen retreat, with the sole intention of relaxing as in a glorified form of vacation — then one may have a bad surprise.“

The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality

The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality

Spirituality is a path that aims at the resolution of the inner conflicts society instills within us. Where society would have us obey and follow in other people’s shadows rather than becoming the true masters of our own destiny, spirituality gives us the tools for finding strength and harmony in embracing and expressing our individuality — in becoming all that we are meant to be.

Religion would have us provided with ready wisdom and all the answers to the fundamental questions of being, but in doing that it only serves to create a great divide within us. The mind will accept dogma and beliefs and strive to live by them, but the deeper intuitive self — the non-rational part we might refer to as the subconscious — knows these beliefs to be in conflict with its own truth.

Finding Truth on the Path to Spiritual Freedom

Finding Truth on the Path to Spiritual Freedom

“Once we peel away the layers of the identity onion through contemplative witnessing meditation, we are left with nothing — as whatever we are, the observer, is the one thing which cannot be observed. We become faced with an indescribable void: the true nature of I — and if I say void, it is not because there is nothing there, but rather that there is nothing there that the mind can see or describe. Whatever exists there cannot be described using thoughts, words, concepts, or ideas. It can only be known through experience.”

Buddha's Message Explained to a Child

Buddha's Message Explained to a Child

“People do all sorts of crazy things in their lives because they’re so afraid of growing old and sick and dying, even though there’s really nothing we can do to avoid it.

Buddha saw that and wasn’t happy about it. He was also really afraid of death and suffering, and he wanted to find a way to live a life that wasn’t completely controlled by that fear. He wanted to live happy, and for him that meant finding a way to live without fear.”