Turns out that a lot of people are. More specifically, the question almost always with a lot of people is “Why should I meditate?”. The unstated sentence after that is “I’m happy already”. The reasons for the lack of motivation to meditate range from a complete lack of awareness of what meditation can do for them to leading a life they think is entirely fulfilled. As we would put it, they aren’t seeking meditation all that strongly.
Seeking is an interesting and real concept in an individual’s journey of self-improvement. Whether an artist or a spiritual person or someone with a thirst for knowledge, the power of seeking within is essential for improving oneself. We go through our lifetimes seeking for different things at different phases in our lives. Sometimes, the seeking gets stronger when we’re faced with a problem that we’d like to solve, or when we’re experiencing pain or trauma. Sometimes, the situation can become extreme causing us to seek a makeover of our lives. The good news is that if you’re reading this article, you have already had the urge for self-improvement when you signed up for Sahaja meditation which grants Self-Realization, a unique pursuit of Higher Purpose in our lives.
But what do we do about people who aren’t seeking yet and seem to think they’re happy?
Our world is a beautiful creation of different people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and with a wide range of opinions. Interacting and knowing people who don’t see the need to meditate is as much fun as spending time with regular meditators. That’s because the insights from these people can be very valuable. We learn more from those who are different from us, many times about perspectives and things we are never exposed to in our lives. And sometimes, how and why not to be like them.
Remember, if we’re meditators, we like and appreciate people who meditate as much as those who don’t, our expectation should never be that everyone will take to meditation. We show, don’t tell. We allow them to experience our company and show the dream of the rich life of a meditator. We do not argue with them or try to convince them, rather, we do the opposite – we try to understand how they think and why they think what they think.
If you’re one of those or live with someone who’s too contented and happy to consider meditation, there are some things you can share with them when the right opportunity and conversation presents itself.
First, meditation changes you from the inside, so you’re likely to discover new things will make you happier and enjoy life even better than now. You can never know what the “changed you” will look like or feel. As Socrates said, an unexamined life is not worth living. This is what one of our practitioners, Jennifer Snow has to say.
Second, meditation is like an insurance policy that pays you back when you need it the most. Especially in preventing health problems or being able to deal with traumatic situations in your life.
Third, meditation is not merely a stress relief pill, it’s a great way to develop creativity, emotional intelligence, improve your perceptional abilities and social consciousness, all of which can make a significant difference in your career.
Fourth, meditation gives you direction, purpose, and grounding in life. It can reveal what you were born for, how best to make your life meaningful, how to avoid distractions and overcome obstacles in reaching your goals. It can help you discover the great depths inside yourself that give you immense joy even if you’re happy with everything else in life. Not only this, but you can be the instrument for others around you to do this and transforms their lives. Our instructor David Dunphy elaborates this further.
Finally, meditation is a way of life. It soaks into our being and defines the personality that we can become when we tap into our potential fully. It shapes our attitudes and character. But this really is something people should see in us and not something that we can profess explicitly. The best way to inspire people around you is to get them to see who you are, to notice that you’re getting better with each day of meditation, providing unique and different experiences in every interaction with them.
And that spirited, joyous, positive personality should give you and everyone around you a kind of happiness that makes meditation worth it – for you and for them. Which is why no one can ever be too happy to meditate.