There seems to be a growing enthusiasm among many people to engage in meditation nowadays and this could be clearly seen in the ever-increasing number of people engaging in meditation and self-realization programs. So we ask: "Why do people bother to allot some of their precious times to seemingly unproductive hours of meditation?" The answer cannot be seen externally as we look at those people while they are deeply engaged in meditation. The answer lies internally in those people who in the process of engaging in meditation get in touch with their inner being during meditation.
The world has a tendency to alienate a person from his inner being. Man's mind is bombarded from all sides by stimuli which distract man's consciousness from truly understanding the meaning and significance of most events and things in this world. Mass media continuously try to satisfy our inner longing by providing us with all the enjoyment and diversions to while away our time and forget the gnawing reality of monotony and angst which afflict every person in our society. These diversionary tactics provided by modern conveniences and amenities slowly distract our mind and alienate us further from our inner-self which is the source of real peace, healing, and understanding.
However, there is a growing movement back to our rootedness in our inner being. This is shown in the large number of people engaging in meditation nowadays. In a 2005 Newsweek’s survey,
nearly a third of adults in the United States are found to be engaging in daily simple meditation. These people maintain that meditation brings them a lot of positive things. They claim that meditation gives them inner peace, more focus, lessening of stress, and a deeper appreciation and understanding of life.
The basic truth about meditation is simple—that you could learn it in just five minutes—and you can readily engage in it anytime and anywhere. Yet you should constantly engage in it to improve on it. Likewise, it could also be developed into a habit wherein it becomes natural or second nature to a person to engage in it. The more one practices meditation the higher the level of meditation one can achieve. Moreover, there are various methods of meditation which one can learn to further one's journey deep into one's inner being. In this book, my primary concern is to lay down and explain one of the most useful methods of meditation—the Empty Mind Meditation—which could greatly enhance your meditation experience and lead you to a deeper spiritual experience.