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Ananda Meditation Group of Lake Forest

Lessons in Meditation

   by Jyotish Novak

  "Meditation is a state of intense awareness achieved by stilling and concentrating the thoughts.  It is a journey to the center of our own being, a process so perfectly natural that we don't have to learn how to meditate. Rather, we have to unlearn those habits and attitudes that keep us from experiencing our natural state of expanded awareness.  We simply need to still the mental restlessness which, like static on a radio, prevents us from hearing clearly our own natural "program."  Deeper states of meditation come automatically as we peel away the layers of tension and attachments that prevent us from being more aware."

   "Meditation, like science, is based upon experimentation.  Rather than indoctrinating us with a rigid dogma, it says, "Try this and see what the results are."  Science discovers truths about nature, while meditation allows us to learn truths about our own nature.  Since consciousness cannot be accurately observed from outside itself, we must find a way for consciousness to observe itself.  In fact, self-observation is a good definition of meditation.  When you meditate, adopt the methods of a scientist.  Your tools, rather than microscopes and oscilloscopes, are concentration and intuition."

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