The question is, why would we seek to meditate?
It is probably safe to say that we are feeling uncomfortable, agitated or suffering, and perhaps we are thinking that meditation might be a tool to alleviate this. But how will it work?
To begin answering that question, let us examine what leads to these feelings in the first place, for it is only by discovering the roots of suffering that we will be able to use meditation to help with it.
Llet’s consider that actions lead to suffering.
Physical actions – deeds – wrongfulness in deeds can bring suffering.
Vocal actions – words – wrongfulness in what we say to others can direct our own inner suffering outward to others, who can mirror it back to us, and share with others.
Mental actions – thoughts and ideas- wrongfulness in thoughts and ideas, how we talk inward to ourselves, are the seeds of vocal and physical actions.
It is important to make a distinction that mental actions precede vocal and physical actions.
Understanding this, then if we expect meditation to ease our suffering isn’t it natural to see that instead of simply making us feel relaxed or feeling good, meditation would somehow influence our actions ?
Would it also follow, if the above is true , that meditation could influence our reactions as well ?
If this makes sense to you, watch your three modes of actions for a time, watch the actions of others around us and most especially watch our reactions.
Previously I mentioned that an agitated person affects everyone around them. Now we can see how our levels of action can cause suffering to ourselves and how “contagious” it is to others.
If mental actions are the seeds of all our other actions, and actions are the root of suffering, then gaining some control over the mind might be the first step in gaining some mastery over the art of living.
This is an important step on the path to peace and enlightenment