Have you ever noticed that when you make a commitment, set an intention, or begin to ask one of the big questions, that somehow you start to encounter a world teeming with responses? I was amazed that after my post about creating a working definition of contemplation, I received a link from Yoga International to an article on “The Real Meaning of Meditation” by Swami Rama (the teacher of one of my teachers).
I found the following quote from Swami Rama to be a fitting addition to my list of ways of describing the human experience of contemplation:
Meditation is a practical means for calming yourself, for letting go of your biases and seeing what is, openly and clearly. It is a way of training the mind so that you are not distracted and caught up in its endless churning. Meditation teaches you to systematically explore your inner dimensions. It is a system of commitment, not commandment.
I hope this brings a bit of clarity and intention to your day, and click here if you’d like to read the whole article.