Peace and Power
The reasons people give for wanting to meditate vary widely, but they tend to fall into one of two general categories that can be summarised in terms of relaxation, on the one hand, and self-improvement on the other. Together these form a spectrum that has the attainment of peace at one end and the acquisition of power at the other.
And that’s because these are fundamental human instincts.
We yearn for peace with regard to the regrets of the past, which we cannot change; and we crave power over our anxieties about the future, which we cannot control. And the underlying energy driving both of these impulses is, of course, fear.
Life as normally – that is, unskilfully – lived, is driven by a primal instinct to do anything we possibly can to avoid facing our fear.
Behind the desire for peace and power lies the desire for freedom – essentially the same desire for freedom that lies behind nearly all our desires and motivations – only in a form that will lead not to freedom but deeper attachment. Meditation as the cultivation of calmness and clarity, by contrast, leads to the the dissolution of attachment.
Meditation is the solution, not just to the presenting issue of this or that anxiety, stress or ‘problem’, but the fundamental problem of human existence itself – of birth, ageing, sickness and death – because it exposes the root problem of our habitual identification with the notion of being the one who experiences the problem in the first place.
Meditation is the solution to the problem of the human condition because through it we can learn not to fear fear, and that enables us to accept who and what we are, as we are – and reality as it really is.
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