Yogananda on Meditation
I know that the benefits of meditation in my life are many. For one, it creates an inner stillness from which to act-but I often find myself resistant to my regular meditation practice. I just came across this wonderful quote from the enlightened spiritual teacher, Paramahansa Yogananda, that gets right to the heart of the matter.
“The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul. ”
This doesn’t always mean that the experience of meditation will be happy or blissful. Patients often report that they’re “not good at meditating,” because “they can’t stop thinking!” I find that its the intention to sit quietly and connect with the highest aspect of your self that matters. Its not whether your head is full of thoughts or completely empty, it’s the relationship you have with those thoughts – being completely wrapped up – or having no relationship at all – that matters.