"I think therefore I am not, only when the mind is silent I am" - unknown
Do you remember the old cartoons that showed a character talking to a little angel version of them and a little devil version of them on his shoulders? We'll thats the internal battle of good vs evil we all have - the EGO(lil devil) vs true self(lil angel, God). There is an old Cherokee legend of an old Cherokee elder teaching his grandson about life. He said a fight is going on inside me,it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. He continued, The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, Which wolf will win? The old Cherokee simply replied, The one you feed. If you remember that in the cartoon, the lil devil is always yelling and is very loud compared to the lil angel who is always wispering into your ear. How could we possibly hear that voice of reason and wisdom - the lil angel, your spirit, God - if we haven't learned to quite down the ego, the lil devil, the mind. The answer to that is meditation my friends.
"Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb" - Pythagoras [580 B.C. - 500 B.C.]
"All man's miseries derived from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone" - Blaise Pascal [1623-1662]
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer says in his book Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment, that if you want to shed miseries, learn to sit quietly in a room alone and meditate. We have, on avg, about 60,000 thoughts per day, the problem is that, more than likely, those are the same 60,000 thoughts you had yesterday and that you will have tomorrow. Learning to meditate is figuring out a way to enter the spaces between your thoughts, the gap - the silence. In this silence is where you find peace. Is like in music; it is the spaces between the notes that makes the music. Without that gap, that silence in between there is no music only noise. We too can create music with our lives instead of just a bunch of noise.
We can all fly and become the super versions of ourselves by becoming our authentic Self. Meditation is a tool to help us return to that Self; our essence, our original nature. We are training ourselves in how to respond to everything in life from that basic core of essential goodness. By relinquishing the illusions, fantasies, and distractions that confuse our lives, we are learning to Let Go of the conditioned responses and habits that keep us stuck. Meditation helps you find The Real You. This is how we reclaim what we once knew as babies and as toddlers before our EGO was formed. When you silence the mind and look with in you are connecting with the wisdom of that which created you and that my friends can happen at anytime. I believe that we are all standing in front of that door waiting to open it but we are so clouded with false beliefs that gives us limited vision and we can't even see it. Sometimes all it takes that one person to connect with you with love, kindness, compassion and joy and can help you feel that freedom to be who you truly are and then you can open that door to discover you have always been - and your journey begins.