Sunday, September 26, 2010

Why meditate?

Every day I get an email or two from the Care2 Make a Difference folks (who publish articles on a variety of subjects). Here's the beginning of an article that was recommended today:

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice that makes it possible to cultivate and develop certain basic positive human qualities in the same way as other forms of training make it possible to play a musical instrument or acquire any other skill.

Among several Asian words that translate as “meditation” in English are bhavana from Sanskrit, which means “to cultivate,” and its Tibetan equivalent, gom, meaning “to become familiar with.” Meditation helps us to familiarize ourselves with a clear and accurate way of seeing things and to cultivate wholesome qualities that remain dormant within us unless we make an effort to draw them out.
You can read the rest of it right here. Also, some of the comments after the article are quite inspiring.


  1. El,

    What a great article. As you say, meditation matters. It has been my experience that this artice is true.

    Through my formal on the cushion practice and paying attention in my daily life, I have discovered the ever more about how my mind works.

    My mind moves from craving to anversion to delusion always trying to outrun the axiety and restlessness of my current experience of being.

    This basic restlessness of knowing that death is closing in on me, is always present.

    I sought pleasure to escape it. I did not escape, but I did create a craving mind. So, I really appreciated your blogg on generosity. I am working with generosity as an antidote to craving.

    What progress, until I worked with my delusion, I could not clearly see all of the ways craving mind interfers with what I really want and how I really spend my energy.

    Great Article. Meditaion works.


  2. "Meditation works."

    Couldn't have said it better myself, Debra!


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