Meditation offers us the opportunity to better know ourselves on a human level, and on a grander scale. With a quiet mind we begin to direct our own lives, exploring what has meaning and what doesn't. Part of that journey of self-exploration has us examining how we exist in the Universe, and our spiritual essence. Religion itself is a topic not readily discussed in casual conversations; spirituality even less. Many people think they are the same, but as you will find out today, that's not the case.
For the past few days I have been talking about how the ego can be responsible for creating unrest in the world. Whether you prescribe to a Western view of the ego or the Eastern view, there are some ways that an might actually serve you on this physical plane. Today I talk about how an ego benefits you and the those around you.
Today I thought I would take a break from the deep talk about ego to talk about something equally important, creating a meditation habit. I talked about it way, way back in episode 274, I think it was, but since then I have found the ultimate steps to creating a meditation practice.
When you hear the word ego you automatically think that everyone knows what you are talking about. As you will learn today, that is a big misperception. On today's show you will learn how the differences in understanding the ego can lead to unity or division
On Friday I touched upon one of the greatest deterrents to world peace. It's ego. Since the lessening of ego is such a boon to personal and planetary peace, I wanted to spend a few days talking more about what ego is and how meditation keeps it at bay.
The world is experiencing peace at this moment, despite what the news would have you believe. What's even more hopeful is the understanding that the more people who develop a meditation habit, the kinder the world will become. It's not wishful thinking; it's science. today i talk about how meditation increases compassion and empathy.
I have shared with you that it is my goal to teach one million people how to meditate. However, my goal is not about ego, it's about world peace. The way to create a world where absolutely everyone gets along begins with meditation. This entire week I talk about how meditation will bring about world peace. Today, I am talking about a belief that many people may feel is outlandish. However, nothing changes in your world unless you keep an open mind and present yourself with different ideas.
Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. For the last four years he has been included (this year at no. 62) in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the ‘100 most spiritually influential living people.’ His books include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, and The Calm Center. His latest book is The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening. His books have been published in 19 languages, while his articles and essays have been published in over 40 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including Philosophy Now, Tikkun, The Daily Express, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and others.
Some new meditators hear of the many different styles of meditation and become overwhelmed. Other new practitioners are nervous about strict practices such as Zazen. However, despite the fact that there are no styles better than others, many green meditators find guided meditations to be the most beneficial. Here's why.