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Meditation: 3 steps to enlightenment

Updated on April 21, 2011

We live in a fast paced world that requires us to constantly be on the go. Unfortunately, we are bombarded by numerous technologies, people, traffic and down-right busy lives, that tend to stress out and drain the mind, body and spirit. Many people look for answers by medicating themselves with either prescription drugs or other means of self medication. Self medicating usually means an over use of alcohol, food, drugs and any other means of self soothing to fill the void and ease the tensions that surrounds us. This is where the aid of meditation comes in. 

The definition found for meditation in the English Collins Dictionary, is defined as “the act of remaining in a silent and calm state for a period of time, as part of a religious training, or so that you are more able to deal with problems of everyday life.” 

We can define what meditation is in a few different ways. To start off, the “normal” mind thinks about many things, but for most of us the main worries that our life contains are found to be many. We all have similar stressors in life.

Main Worries in Daily Life

  • Family/Relationships
  • Money
  • Food 
  • Job
  • Friends
  • Hobbies

Most people’s minds jump from one thought to another, and mainly about these specific topics mentioned. These thoughts can be either good or bad, depending on what is going on in your life. The good thoughts leave you with good inner feelings. Often how we view ourselves has a lot to do with how we are feeling and our overall well being. Some may have the daily necessities in life, while others are worried and struggle to get by on a daily basis. No matter what your situation, we all have ups and downs, some more pressing than others. Meditation can help us to deal more effectively with the daily blows that life deals us.

Meditation comes in a series of three steps that will lead us into a state of enlightenment and self-discovery. While you are in this meditative state, you may feel of clarity of mind, over-all bliss, serenity and peace.

The 3 Steps of Meditation

~Step 1

Concentration: This is the starting point of gaining control over your mind and body, and ultimately, life. When you are concentrating on something, you are placing your full attention on that thing, without diverting your attention. Think of yourself as pulling in the reigns on your mind that has been wandering unbridled for your whole life.

Example: Pick an object or subject, this could be the word “happy”. Your mind will try to revert you to think of something else, such as a time when you were happy, why you were happy etc. You need to gain control of your mind, and repeat the phrase happy, happy, happy. Eventually you will feel happy.

~Step 2

Meditation: Ideally, concentration will form into meditation. Concentrating on an object/topic will bring forth feelings of that object/ topic in like a faucet dripping. Once you have reached a meditative state, this object/topic will consume you. And as compared to a faucet dripping like concentration, in a meditative state, it will start to pour out. Effortlessly, the true knowledge of that object/topic becomes apparent.

~Step 3

Contemplation: Once you have reached the level of meditation, it may form into the ultimate destiny, which is contemplation. We become conscious of only our ego and body and find ourselves a part of the universe. The feeling of connection, realization and truth will be apparent.

With the end results of complete bliss, peace and our position in the universe, it will become apparent to you how necessary it is to learn this valuable practice. A small effort will bring you such tranquility and inner peace and resolve. You may wonder how you dealt with life’s blows without it.


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