by Mona Grayson
The majority of us have a built in “you do it first” mentality when it comes to trying out new things. We don’t want to be the first of our friends to bungee jump off the bridge or try an exotic dish we’ve never heard of.
But once we see someone else do it, and we have some proof that (number one!) they’re not suffering, and (number two!) that they’re actually enjoying themselves and possibly even benefitting from it, we often feel a bit more willing to try it out for ourselves. Until we have that proof though, “Umm, that’s okay — you go right ahead…”
This is why it’s so exciting when mainstream media like ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reports on the benefits of meditation and includes news of meditation studies done by prestigious institutions like Harvard University. (Watch the video.)
Reports and studies like these finally give the proof-seeking part of our mind the data about meditation it’s been looking for; something more tangible than just, “C’mon, meditating will feel great and it’s good for you.”
The recent Harvard study found that for those who participated in a mere 8-week meditation course, their brains physically changed for the better. The part of the brain associated with compassion and self-awareness actually got bigger, and the part of the brain associated with stress, got smaller. Gotta love it! At Science of Spirituality we don’t practice the breath control technique used in the Harvard study, but as for self-awareness and compassion–well, who wouldn’t benefit from more of both!
For many of us, when our minds gather enough scientific evidence that meditation can help us physically and emotionally, it’s easier to try meditating for the first time. Then as we continue practicing, the benefits of meditation that used to be hearsay, become our actual experience.
The same can be true for discovering the spiritual benefits of meditation. But because Harvard is still doing research on the physical and emotional benefits of meditation (and we’re grateful they are!) when it comes to the spiritual benefits of meditation, we have to do our own experiments on how we can connect with our soul through meditation and go on the inner spiritual journey. As Sant Rajinder Sing Ji Maharaj has said:
We start with a hypothesis. That hypothesis is that there are regions beyond. The experimentation can be done by meditating in the laboratory of our own human body. We can record the data. If the experiment is performed accurately, the results will confirm our hypothesis. We use a scientific method to carry out the meditation. We are dealing with consciousness. Consciousness is spiritual not material. That is why the spirit cannot be seen with any instrumentation of this world. It can be seen only with our spiritual vision.
The seat of our spiritual vision is at a point known as the single or third eye. It is located between and behind the two eyebrows. If we concentrate our attention, which is the outer expression of the soul, at the third or single eye, we are at the starting point of the spiritual journey. We will then see inner Light and hear inner Music. This Light and Sound will pull our attention, or soul, above body-consciousness and our soul will soar into regions beyond. We will then know for ourselves the answers to life’s greatest mysteries.