reply to post by GypsK
I see by your personal statement in your avatar that you "Don't need any of them, Heaven or Hell." Very succinct and very correct.
I'll wager that most readers of this thread won't know that meditation need not be religion-based. True, many religions approach it to some
degree, some fully and some only in an un-appreciative manner. But there need not be a Zen monk, priest or any more learned person than yourself to
find the way.
And of course, this article only scratches the surface of meditation. At its very base is enlightenment. What is that? There can be no precise
answer than to say that you find yourself "at one with the Universe." And there is no explanation for that either. You can take that concept on
faith, or you can methodically mediate and find it without looking for or believing that it is even there. But it is, and it will come. The best
analogy for enlightenment to my mind is a comparison to a sexual climax. Except this is solely with the mind unleashed from its physical domain and
allowed to join the "all that is," "cosmic consciousness," the "One," etc. A place you normally do not go until you have experienced the right
kind of growth..
I'll wager that most people believe that meditation is hard to do, connected to yoga, years of practice and/or some stylized religious practice of
some sort. Totally untrue. Meditation is independent of all of these. Those vehicles are only institutionalized regimens that may direct and aid
the process and put alms in the bowls of the teachers.
As a couple of folks have already mentioned, there are marvelous modern aids today to help train in meditation without a Zen monk whacking you across
the back with a bamboo rod for years. There are ancient methods and modern methods. I won't get into the various avenues. (Bear in mind that the
"old school" folks look down their noses at modern "shortcut" methods whether that be something like the simple process of sitting quietly in a
chair for 20 minutes, augmented with CDs, a teacher, videos, how-to-books or electronic devices. Explore!
It is a growth experience.