Why Should I Learn to Meditate?

By George A. Boyd © 2017

Q: Why should I learn to meditate? How will it help me?

A: There are many benefits to meditation. Here is a list that we compiled in 2001:

Excerpted from “Meditation for Therapists Workbook, Third Edition” © 2001

As the effects of meditation range from mild to profound based on the depth of relative absorption, so do the benefits that meditators report. These benefits include:

  1. Improved ability to relax the body and relieve stress
  2. Enhanced clarity and mental concentration
  3. Deeper insight and self-knowledge, culminating in Enlightenment
  4. Stronger will power and greater ability to control behavior and habits
  5. Development of intuitive and psychic gifts
  6. Richer, more vivid dream life and sounder sleep
  7. Direct experience of the spirit and the Soul
  8. Higher frequency of peak performance and flow state experiences
  9. Spontaneous correction of character weakness and cultivation of virtue
  10. More enjoyment of life, beauty, and sexual pleasure
  11. Revelation of the Great Mysteries
  12. Mystic experiences with angels, spiritual guides, and God
  13. Unfolding the Soul into higher spiritual realms
  14. Channeling healing energy and the Divine Light to minister to others
  15. Feeling greater love for Nature, humanity, and God
  16. Increased altruism, promotion of the urge to help or serve others
  17. Better appreciation of religious teachings, living essential truths and values

Some people are content with their lives as they are, and have no desire to improve their inner life or experience their full human and spiritual potential. So for these people, meditation is probably not something they would consider doing.

For others of you, maybe as you read this list, you find yourself saying to yourself as you look at one or more of these benefits, “yeah, that is something I want, and I’d like to learn how to do that.”

And for you few of you, you want to have everything on this list—and more!

If you want to do just a few things on this list, we can develop a custom program for you to address that particular issue. This is called a meditation consultation. We can do one to as many sessions as you need to help you achieve this goal you desire.

If your aims are more practical—you just want to learn to live with less stress, have better concentration, and greater focus and clarity in your life—you may wish to take the Foundations of Practical Meditation, which our certified instructors can teach you.

If you’ve never meditated before, and you don’t have a clue as to how to do the most basic rudiments of meditation, you may want to start with the Introduction to Meditation program. You can take this one on-line—as a self-study program at your own pace, or you can augment it with group or individual coaching—or you can take this class in-person with one of our certified instructors.

If you have meditated before and you found yourself saying, “yes!” to most or all of these benefits as something you want, you will find the tools you need in our in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the by-mail or online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Q: Why should I learn meditation from Mudrashram®? Can’t I just take a class at my Yoga studio? Or practice the techniques I learn on the Internet?

A: Each meditation has a distinct effect on your mind. It focuses your attention on a different level of awareness on the Great Continuum of Consciousness. It produces different outcomes.

Many people learn very rudimentary meditations in Yoga classes and on the Internet. They learn mindfulness, which is collecting your attention, becoming present, and monitoring the content arising in the present time. They learn to watch their breath. They learn to chant AUM and other mantras, and temporarily lift their awareness into euphoric altered states of consciousness.

But they don’t understand the context of the meditation that they are doing.

  • They often don’t know why they are doing it, other than it releases stress and makes them feel more peaceful.
  • They don’t understand where each meditation takes them. They have no sense about what are the levels in the mind.
  • They don’t understand what the meditation they are doing is designed to do, and whether it is appropriate for the aims that they want to achieve.
  • They meditate and go into passive trance states, which are restful, but do nothing to affect their personal growth or spiritual development.
  • Worse, they may learn and practice powerful transformational techniques that produce spiritual imbalances that can affect their ability to function personally, or even generate Kundalini syndromes.

You need to know what you are doing. You need to be properly trained in meditation. For example:

  • You need to now why you are doing a meditation, and what effect it has on you.
  • You need to know where that meditation will take your attention and how it will affect your awareness.
  • You need to know the purpose of each meditation, when it is appropriate to use it, and when it is not.
  • You need to make each meditation count for something—your meditations should not just put you in a trance state—but you should do something useful and practical with each meditation. You should accomplish a specific meditation objective in each meditation session.
  • And because you are not just doing one thing with meditation, you need a different meditation tool to accomplish each meditation objective. So you are going to use a different meditation tool to relax your body and release stress than you will use to tune into your Soul’s intuition.

Mudrashram® teaches each of these things. It gives you multiple techniques, because you will need meditation for different purposes. It’s like getting a toolbox to help you gain all of the benefits of meditation.

We welcome you to look at our programs. They are complete trainings. They are one of the best investments you can make for your health, your career, your personal destiny, and spiritual development.

  • For your health, you will learn stress reduction.
  • For your career, you will gain the ability to powerfully focus your mind and intention to achieve your goals.
  • For your personal destiny, you will gain to connect with the Self and your will power to manifest your core life goals.
  • For your spiritual development, you will learn how to transform and actualize your spiritual potentials, tap into your Soul’s intuition, discover your Soul’s purpose, and rise to Liberation and Mastery.

Explore our website. Read the articles and watch the free videos in our Library. Obtain our books that appeal to you. Take webinars on topics of your interest. And when you’re ready to begin meditation, sign up for one of our classes.

It’s truly one of the best things you could ever do for yourself!

What we offer you through this website

© 2017 by George A. Boyd

Q: “What can I, who am unfamiliar with Mudrashram® teachings, expect to gain from this website and these teachings?”

A: We give you the keys to unlimited spiritual growth, balanced spiritual development at the cutting edge of spirituality, and enable you to transmute the karma along your unique path to God and to turn your inner darkness into Light, and ascend in full consciousness to spiritual Mastery in this lifetime.

Want to learn more?

We offer you a variety of articles on our Open Stacks page and in our Library to learn more about our teachings. There are hundreds of free question and answer short videos in the Library, too.

Want to go deeper?

We offer 16 books on meditation—plus three books of poetry—and over 300 webinars on a variety of topics. Want a taste of what we offer? Download the free book on our home page! We continue to generate new articles every week on our blog that shed light on a variety of spiritual and metaphysical topics.

Need personal and spiritual guidance?

For spiritual guidance, we offer you eleven different readings [view these under the Our Services menu tab], meditation consultation, and attunement with guidance channeling.

You can now receive enhance personal support for the Introduction to Meditation and Accelerated Meditation programs with individual coaching. Just sign up for the coaching option when you enroll for these programs. As more of you opt for coaching, we will have a less expensive group coaching available.

You are now able to take online coaching courses—on life coaching, for recovery from cult involvement or religious abuse, for overcoming the issues of growing up in a dysfunctional family, and for establishing a stable recovery from addiction.

Are you ready to learn to meditate?

Those of you who are beginners can take the Introduction to Meditation Program. If you’ve meditated before, you can skip ahead to the Accelerated Meditation Program, where we give you the secret keys to transformation and ascension in full consciousness. Not sure which meditation program is best for you? Take our test!

Learn best in person?

We offer you the in person version of the Accelerated Meditation Program, the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation. As we mentioned above, we also offer you options for coaching to assist you to master our online meditation programs, the Introduction to Meditation Program and the Accelerated Meditation Program.

Want to enhance your helping skills?

Those of you with a background in counseling, psychotherapy, Yoga therapy, holistic healing, and hypnotherapy can now receive certification as a Stress Reduction Consultant. Psychotherapists and counselors can learn how to add evocative meditation techniques to augment their therapy effectiveness through our Meditation for Therapists Practitioner Certification Course.

Professional yoga teachers (RYTs) may wish to earn six hours of continuing education credit through the Yoga Alliance for the Meditation for Hatha Yoga Teachers and Students Training. Go to our public webinar page and select the public tab. You get a certificate of completion and documentation verifying you have successfully passed this course once you pass the final exam for this course

Need continuing support?

For students of the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation, Accelerated Meditation Program, and Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation, we offer bi-monthly Light Sittings, once monthly question and answer sessions, and once monthly webinars for our advanced students with our Master Meditation Teacher.

Want to move to advanced meditation with us?

After you complete the Accelerated Meditation Program or the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation with us, you can take the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation; study the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, our two year consciousness studies program; the Satsang Program Home Study Course, our course on guided meditation and communing with the spiritual guide; or the Samadhi Week program, for those who complete the Advanced Course, which teaches you to enter into the deepest stages of meditation.

Do you want to advance to the stage where you can teach others?

We offer teacher trainings for our most advanced students—where you can learn to teach the Introduction to Meditation Program, the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation, and the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Do you want to ascend to Mastery in this lifetime?

We offer you step-by-step guidance to pass through each stage of your Path until you ascend to full Multiplane Mastery, the stage in which you can work on every Path and lead each spiritual essence at any level of the Continuum of Light to Mastery, Liberation, and final freedom.

This is the most complete spiritual system ever developed to support you through every stage of your personal and spiritual journey. You have found us: you can begin right here on this website, right now. We invite you to experience the Mudrashram® Way for unlimited spiritual growth and integral personal development.