Why do we meditate?

Adam (@uuxyz) 9 years, 5 months ago

I’m trying to question why I do this, to control my emotions, balance myself and feel more in control of my life… is this necessarily a good thing, is it just maintaining a stronger illusion of freewill, is ignorance bliss when it comes autonomy? Or am I just thinking too much into it haha …

Yours adam.

April 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm
安炬 (26) (@anju) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Dear Adam,

We are humans blessed with the power of thought, with the inherent potential to master our mind, tame its powers. Being more aware and able to control your mind is the most powerful thing you can achieve towards the goal of attaining happiness in this life.

Free will is indeed an eternal paradox, a difficult problem to grasp. But look at it like this: Would you rather be just carried by a horse, and just see where you ended up?
Or will you try to tame your horse, so you can decide yourself where to go and explore? :)

However debatable the role of the horse may be, in any case it’s evident that in the second scenario, you’d be more in control than in the second, and life would probably be much more satisfactory than when you’d be quietly following your horse.

MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 9 years, 5 months ago ago


There are a bunch of reasons for why people meditate. I think everyone’s reasons for meditating are different, or to be more accurate, only the meditator can know the reason they meditate. I meditate because it makes me feel calm, focused, and relaxed. So if you continue your practice of meditation, there is most likely a reason you continue to do it. I don’t think anyone could tell you why you do it. Only you can know why.

If you can’t really think why you meditate, people can give you there explnations of why they think you meditate, but ultimately you would have to choose the reason yourself.

soulsight (0) (@soulsight) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@uuxyz, I meditate to review my body, my energy’s, and my recent choices. after i am in my space or my zone, i can focus on the things in my life fully, and solve big problems with ease. i sometimes just imagine things wonderful or become philosophical inside of Thought. I explore my feelings as well. i learn about what is better for me and my actions. I better myself with some time alone. time only for me. To really just sit back and BE. Clear mind and feelings rich in life. To realize in my space. to knowing of my own existence. To dream of where i’m going in life and realize the past. To become all i can be. To grow. to transform.
I sometimes clear things and decide on how i want to view the world.
I enjoy energy an also work with my own energy psyche. It Does depend on what i valuable to you in your mind while meditating. i have done it for countless reasons. All were beneficial to my growth as a person and to unraveling secrets that i would have otherwise missed.

Psychonaut (133) (@psychonaut) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@uuxyz, It is terribly important to un-think at least once a day. For if your mind is in a constant stream of thought then it has no chance to rest, you have no opportunity experience thoughtlessness. In order to maximize comprehension of yourself and environment it is the most correct procedure to experience both sides of a dichotomy. In this specific case, thinking and non-thinking.

This would depend on your method of meditation, but the telos is the same throughout all intellectual yoga. The results are harmonious and converge with one another. This is not an easy task and it takes practice and perseverance.

Anonymous (0) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Im experiencing some problems on this topic at the moment. My meditations are numb and I dont seem to get something out of them. Which I believe is because Im looking for something to happen. The sole purpose of meditation is beeing present with whatever is. I find it hard to justify going into this mode without a reason, I feel like im fooling myself because there sure is a reason for me meditating. I want to experience less anxiety, better my mood, etc.

The issue is for me how I can meditate without wanting something from it. Which is.. hard to grasp.. because.. Dont we all do it for some reason?

Nick (554) (@splashartist) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Most people meditate out of a place of lack. What this means is that the meditation is used to try to compensate for the feeling of separation by attempts of reaching a ‘higher’ state which is basically saying that you aren’t good enough as you are. If meditation is done from a place of lack it will NEVER truly fufill. We must meditate on why we do this and reach the source of the issue. Meditation for most is merely another form of trying to fill the bottomless void. It’s no different than drugs but has a more ‘positive’ morality. This is the reality of many meditators and meditation practices. To deny this to yourself is to feed this ignorance even further. We must be honest with ourselves. And it seems you are starting to realize this. Take the next step now :)

Anonymous (14) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@kis14, Meditation is a sort of fleeting activity at first. The first dozen times are filled with very strong urges to indulge in a certain subject very spontaneously. The subjects disrupt the calm and centered state that you are trying to achieve. Simply breathing and focusing on the world around you has many important therapeutic applications. The two that come to mind are the healing of depression and understanding the actions of yourself and others.

Studies that have been performed on high level meditators have shown that they have significantly high levels of gamma brain wave activity. Gamma brain waves serve the purpose of synchronizing and optimizing the pathways in your brain.

Long story short – Meditation can clear up the cobwebs in your head and bring peace of mind to some of us with anxiety and depression. Think of it as… freeform problem solving for our psyche.

Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I think that I meditate to achieve a sense of awareness and peace within. Sometimes I do it when I am stressed and sometimes I do it just because. I try and make it a daily task, but knowing if I miss a session I cannot judge myself if I do. I believe it helps many people with many problems and eventually it helps people achieve peace.

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