I enjoy meditation and my very first time was only a few years ago. I met a new friend and she told me she invites people to her house on Wednesdays to meditate. I thought: “sure why not”. I like a new adventure! So I attend and she starts with a little intro then we sit with our eyes closed for 1 HOUR! This was the “dive right in” approach. I have to tell you the first hour seemed to last forever. But as I did it each week, I started to enjoy the uninterrupted time. My office can be a madhouse so this was a pleasant change. Meditation can be great but it requires practice and understanding. Here is a note I received from Integral Enlightenment:
Meditation Detour #3
Why You Can’t Meditate Your Way to Eternal Peace
Peace and relaxation are widely promoted as the primary purpose of meditation. In fact, “calm feelings” are often touted as THE benefit of meditation from a health point of view.
But this narrow focus limits the potential for a much more profound experience of meditation.
Because sustained calm is not easily achievable for most of us—or even the true goal of meditation—it’s also a chief cause of disappointment. It leads many people to give up on meditation before they’ve truly tasted the extraordinary freedom it can bring.
Certainly, meditating can produce positive, relaxed feelings and sensations. It simply won’t always do that.
Therefore, you may end up believing you’ve “failed” simply because your practice doesn’t feel calm and peaceful every time, at every moment. And if that happens, you miss the greater opportunity that regular meditation offers for changing your life.
The good news is, “a peaceful meditation” is not the holy grail, because you can experience extraordinary life changes even if not every meditation is peaceful.
Something much bigger—and more useful—is possible through meditation.
What’s possible is the cultivation of steadiness in the face of every changing life experience. This heightened ability is much more significant than any superficial and fleeting “peace” that may or may not occur in meditation.
This ultimate kind of calm is deeper and more enduring. It is nothing less than liberation itself.
Imagine the freedom of remaining consistent throughout life, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable circumstances become—a relationship to your feelings that is unconditional.
That’s a result this approach to meditation can bring about—and it has very little to do with how calm you feel during the meditation, or any kind of superficial peace you might attain as a result.