In modern civilization people from various backgrounds and with different motives have turn to meditation.
Meditation comes in many techniques and practices and not all of them could be practiced appropriately by everybody. One should chose a form of meditation that coincides with their personality traits, temperament and way of living. In order to fully understand the main principles, benefits and the very substance of the journey to inner truth, we need to gain experience in the practice of meditation.
Meditation has been falsely associated with religious faith. Spiritually oriented groups may fanatically support specific techniques and praise their teacher as the only true guide through the path for inner truth. These theories have created a general sense of suspicion towards the practice of meditation and left misguided rumors circulating. In reality, we only need to obtain first-hand knowledge and be open to experience all the different kinds of approaches in order to open up inwardly.
Many seekers will turn to meditation for acquiring different forms of spiritual success and so they would follow a specific path in order to gain personal spiritual benefits. People may use it to avoid everyday stress or suppress reoccurring psychological patterns. Groups that promise such internal success are very popular nowadays where meditation can be used as a substitute for addictions or as a tool for power in a selfish, individualistic way.
The true nature of meditation does not have a self-centered character and its practice is not suggested to be used in this manner.
In many practices, when complete concentration is achieved and the self has reached a state of bliss, the desire to repeat the focusing method meets our egocentric needs, celebrating desire itself. The way for non-attachment is not approached by avoiding inner suffering and postponing sorrow for a later time. When we embrace our weaknesses, our regrets and sadness we are accepting personal truths and allowing the energies to flow in the journey of constant change. It takes courage to sanction the idea of true self-exploration without closing our eyes to honest self-criticism. We usually prefer to avoid painful thoughts and feelings and the method of concentration in some meditation practices can allow such self-deluding processes to be exercised.
In material aspects, the very idea of possession which could translate into the acquiring of goods, public and intimate acceptance or even authority is defined by the notion of desire. The practice of meditation can also derive from similar motives. Our desire to avoid the feeling of loss and anxiety can direct us to the attainment of spiritual goals. People tend to react defensively to unpleasant experience and do not allow themselves to go through the suffering path that leads to change and awareness. By accepting our thoughts and feelings, no matter how difficult that may be, we are permitting the true liberation of the Self. If we abandon all our desires and expectations when pursuing our spiritual goal we can fully surrender to them, letting the cycling energies to flow undisturbed.
In order to realize our true potential and find our inner truth with the practice of meditation we firstly need to open up and accept all the occurrences of life no matter the cost. This is the first step to self-realization, understanding the true nature of life and to receive and emit the forces of change.