It is not difficult to meditate. By trying to meditate, meditation is achieved. It is quite simple and often very relaxing. Difficulties can arise with insufficient teaching and incorrect practice. The experience that you have is just that. If the experience of meditating feels frustrating or difficult, that is just the reality of that meditation and should be honored.
Meditation brings about a balance and harmony between mind, body, and spirit. This harmony already exists; all it requires is conscious recognition and experience. Although problems and situations occur in everyday life, meditation helps to maintain a sense of peace within.
Meditation expands awareness and unfolds inner knowingness. Meditation awakens virtues and positive qualities within. Thousands of scientific research studies in the past 30 years have shown the benefits to the body, mind, behavior, improvement in quality of life, and self-esteem.
In daily living, we become more able to tackle problems from a place of love, calmness and greater creativity. We learn to turn that which was previously not joyous into joy. The skills learned in meditation, such as focus and self-compassion, are applicable in so many real-life situations. Meditation is important because it helps us in our everyday lives, not just because sitting on a cushion is fun some times.
No. Meditation is for everyone. Religiosity is not a necessity in any regard to benefit from the MTM practices or any meditative practices. Nor is any certain philosophy or belief system required. MTM is available for all people, and anybody from any background can practice the techniques and benefit from them. We strongly believe that meditative practices can complement religion in a meaningful way, and can support spiritual unfoldment. If you are a Christian, meditation can help you become a better Christian. If you are a Muslim, become a better Muslim. If you are a Jew become a better Jew. Religion is just one aspect of life that a meditation practice can benefit.
If you are enjoying yourself, feel restful, and have a sense of ease, you are doing it right. In the long run, you know you are doing it right if you are more adaptable, more resilient, more stable inside yourself, more perceptive, and more appreciative of life.
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