Meditation is a simple practice that has the potential to change your whole life – from the inside out. Science has proven the many benefits of meditation – from better mental health to happier relationships and improved work performance. Many potential new students are deterred, however, by a few persistent – but wholly untrue! – myths and misconception about meditation – so let’s debunk them one by one.
Most of us are familiar with the ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang – two opposing forces in harmony and balance. Yang symbolizes the masculine principle and qualities such as movement, heat and activity. Conversely, the feminine principle of yin represents stillness, coolness, passivity and simply “being”.
Meditation is an incredible tool to help you feel calmer, happier, and more grounded BUT maybe you haven’t given it a good go because you think it’s really hard or requires an epic amount of mental willpower? Or, like a lot of people, perhaps you are under the mistaken impression that you are supposed to stop your thoughts when you meditate. So you try it once or twice, and find that not only can you not stop your thoughts, but it seems like your mind is as crazy as a bunch of monkeys on speed!
Self-realization means, of course, to realize the Self. Realizing the small self is a completely different thing and it is usually called self-actualization. In fact in Self-realization, you step out of the small self forever. There are two distinct types of Self-realization: one without “lovebliss” and one with. In a strict evolutionary progression lovebliss comes after void. It is the project of a lifetime to get Self-realized. You don’t just do a couple of “spiritual” weekend seminars and then forget about it. You will know when you are stuck in this project, because you will intuitively know that there is a Pure Self that is really you, and you will not rest, ever, until you merge with it.