Hi all! I am Noah and my life has been (and still is!) a search, a seeking. I am sure this resonates with many reading this post and surely with anyone even provisionally interested in meditation. I have been a student of Theology/Religion my whole life since my disillusionment with the tradition of my upbringing, non-denominational Christianity, in late teens. After many years studying sacred texts of all religions, college courses, life and many friends of all religious traditions, I gained many intellectual understandings and felt the worthiness of meditation as a spiritual practice. After study of different spiritual traditions of meditation I (finally!) started my own practice and have meditation as a central pillar. Since then, I have developed much. It is authentic, genuine and little hard to grasp at first so, I want to open this thread up for questions quickly. Questions can be about my personal practice or meditation in general. I have alot of knowledge and believe it is a purpose for me to be here.
There are many spiritual teachings in the world. I have learned that there is different levels of understanding (plain, deep, esoteric, etc) and meditation is a tool to pierce through them all. Meditation is also like the teachings in the way that the goal is different depending upon where you are in your own development.
At first the goal of meditation may be said to be "peace of mind." It can certainly bring that. Although, piece of mind in a strictly psychological since is necessary for our growth and development, along this line it is more accurate to say the goal is "tranquility" or "single-minded focus." This is the ability to dwell consciously in a state of no discursive thoughts. This can be achieved by many techniques. Know surely that this state is NOT a trance, and no imagination can be implored.
thanks for any replies and, to be continued...