Meditation Practice: the Light that Reveals

A session led by the Warden at Shanti Sadan

When we practise meditation, the initial aim is to bring our mind to a state of relaxation. In relaxation our body and mind function at their best. When we are tense or anxious, this puts a strain on our body and interferes with the free flow of our thoughts. In relaxation our mind functions more clearly and confidently.

Is relaxation enough to bring out the best in us? Is it an end in itself? To truly fulfil ourselves, we need progress and development—a process that is ongoing, bringing expansion and deepening understanding. From this standpoint, relaxation is not so much an end as a beginning, for it helps to establish us on our path of self-discovery. When we are serene, inwardly attentive and receptive, our mind reveals in itself a new capacity—a field of rich inner experience which is not normally explored in our usual life development. This experience relates to the most inward principle of our being. We bring to light within ourselves something of unsurpassed quality and value.

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This article is from the Autumn 2017 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.