Leeds Theosophical Society
Some physical skills offer an illustration of the process of meditation. In ballet dancing and gymnastics, the performer gradually brings his/her body under control; the body may be fully active, yet every movement is perfectly planned and executed. Motionless poise also may be achieved at will.
The mind in its undisciplined state is constantly active, but its activity is largely aimless and unproductive. In the restless mind, fragments of thought blow in and out like dried leaves in a windswept playground. There is little sustained attention or concentration. Trivial events, disconnected shreds of remembered conversations, idle fantasies, obsessive worries - these fritter away the energies of the mind.
To meditate is to establish oneself in charge of the power-house of thought. It is to know oneself as the user and director of mental energy. It is to bring the mind into obedience to the will. The skills of the body are acquired gradually, by regular practice, over a long period of time, with one-pointed dedication to the desired goal. Control of the mind also is to be acquired gradually, by regular practice, over a long period of time, with dedication to the goal.
And what is the goal? "The experience of peace and enlightenment".
MEDITATION - SOME FIRST STEPS.
Peace to all beings.
Some recommended books:
Meditation for Beginners - J. I. Wedgwood.
Meditation: Its Practice and Results - Clara M Codd.
Meditation: A Practical Course - E L Gardner.
The Journey Inwards - F C Happold.
Yoga - Shastri.
First Steps in Modern Yoga - Chodkiewicz.
Raja Yoga - V W Slater.
Concentration - Ernest Wood.
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