Right and Wrong Reasons for Meditation. Spoiler : There Are No Wrong Reasons.
Meditation is one of the most practical self development tools you will ever discover.
And it’s by far one of the simplest to do.
It will also cost you zero dollars.
There’s more free information on how to meditate on the internet than in all of the books and paid courses combined.
Unfortunately much of the material out there focuses strictly on meditation as a spiritual tool. And often at the expense of the many practical benefits it offers.
Even worse many prominent new age/spiritual teachers focus on the “right” use of meditation as well as making note of what reasons are, in their opinion, “wrong”.
Even some of my favorite meditation teachers do this. They warn against using meditation to enhance career, relationships, and many other practical aspects of life.
They caution against deliberately seeking altered states of consciousness and bliss.
If it happens, that’s fine. Just don’t try to do it again!
Even when it comes to the more ‘woo-woo’ elements of meditation like psychic abilities (siddhis) or out of body experiences, they caution against these as well.
Meditation can indeed open one to strange and delightful experiences like lucid dreams and out of body experiences.
Teachers who approach meditation from a strictly spiritual foundation almost always warn against seeking these novel experiences. If these experiences do happen to you, they admonish you too move on quickly and get back to meditation for the “right” reasons.
It’s often the sacred versus the profane, and the sacred is supposed to be pursued 100% of the time.
But it’s fine to take an either/or approach, or better yet, enjoy both the spiritual as well as the worldly benefits.
Meditation is more than just spirituality. It’s about living life to its fullest.
I have been meditating for over five years now, and I have learned to enjoy the journey of spiritual growth as well as the more practical aspects of existence like earning income, relaxing more, and being more comfortable around people.
Meditation has given me a greater sense of spiritual reality while at the same time helping me to conquer social anxiety and build a rewarding career.
The lucid dreams have also been a real perk of meditating regularly.
Don’t let spiritual/new age puritans deter you from seeking the cool and unusual in meditation. Novel experiences have enormous value.
There are no right and wrong reasons for wanting to take up meditation.
It’s fine to pursue a meditation practice to improve career, relationships, and other things that might not be regarded as spiritual goals.
Spiritual growth is a noble pursuit, and one that I would encourage everyone to seek. However, non-spiritual goals, provided they are ethical and do not bring any harm to oneself or others, can also be good and noble.
There is no shame in meditating because you want to experience altered states of consciousness or because you want to improve your career, love life, or practically anything else.
Just wanting to relax and eliminate as much stress as possible is also a perfectly reasonable goal.
Dealing with anxiety or depression. Try meditation.
Want to enhance creativity? Try meditation.
Struggling wit career? Try meditation.
Want to attract a romantic partner? Try meditation.
Improve sex life? Try meditation.
Curious about lucid dreams and out of body experiences? Try meditation.
Want to experience bliss and peace? Try meditation.
The point is meditation can be used for a variety of reasons.
It can be used to further spiritual growth, but it can also be used for fun, entertainment, material gain, or everyday self improvement.
Do the meditation and allow for whatever happens. If it leads you down the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment, great. If it leads you to a new and more rewarding career, romance, or a newfound creative ability, then that’s great too.
There are no right or wrong reasons for meditation. There is only meditation.