Why Learn to Meditate

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful so that we may connect to the Force. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from fear, mental discomfort and Dark Energy. If our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be fearless, even if we are living in the very best conditions, fear leads to anger leads to hate and hate, hate leads to suffering. Eventually, we will be able to live without fear all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind - blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a new possession or a new partner, we become excited and cling to them tightly. However, since we cannot have everything we want, and since we will inevitably be separated from the friends and possessions we currently enjoy, this mental stickiness, or attachment, serves only to cause our energy centers to become, "unstable." On the other hand, if we do not get what we want, or if we lose something that we like, we become despondent or irritated. For example, if we are forced to work with a colleague whom we dislike, we will probably become irritated and feel aggrieved, with the result that we will be unable to work with him or her efficiently and our time at work will become stressful and awkward.

Such fluctuations of in our energy centers arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like a child making a sandcastle who is excited when it is first made, but who becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, balanced energy centers and a balanced mind that is calm and peaceful all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our fears and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as "liberation," "nirvana" or what we as Jedi strive for, BALANCE. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and tranquility.