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Why Have a Spiritual Practice?

October 18, 2010

"civilizations come and go like autumn leaves and rain"... awesomeness from paris earlier this month.

I was just hanging with a girlfriend talking about another of our friends who just returned from a 10-day silence retreat (my amazing, life changing hypnotist, Ilan) and we came to the subject of meditation.  She asked me what the point of meditation is? Why someone would want to do it and consider it a productive use of their time.  Meditation, like any spiritual practice, like yoga, studying spiritual texts, living according to the yamas and niyamas, like kirtan, satsang, and self-study (svadhyaya),  is undertaken for one reason: to overcome suffering.  Suffering is universal, and our minds are our captors.  The whirling cycle of unproductive thinking (chitta vritti in Sanskrit) that keeps us awake, makes us feel insecure, fearful, angry, jealous and depressed is the suffering we want to alleviate through spiritual practice.

With meditation specifically, we try to sit quietly with ourselves and clear the mind from thinking, even if just for a few minutes of empty spaciousness.  We try to carry that openness with us throughout the day, so that we can stay level and calm amidst the ever-changing ups and downs of the world.  We want to learn through our spiritual practices, how to control the mind so that we can find lasting happiness, be totally free from suffering and in control of the world we experience.

On fire.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Heidi Wianecki permalink
    October 19, 2010 3:23 am

    you are a mind blowing person .. and never cease to amaze me .. with love and respect.. x x Mom

  2. Harper permalink
    October 19, 2010 6:41 pm

    i agree with heidi. good work with that daughter of yours heidi. xoxo to you both!

  3. Rita Milch permalink
    October 19, 2010 9:36 pm

    truth bomb. I love you xx Rita

  4. Liz permalink
    October 19, 2010 10:31 pm

    Kyle Miller blows minds. Agree with and love everyone here.

  5. October 22, 2010 11:49 pm

    Great Blog Kyle. Keep it up !

    • October 24, 2010 2:29 pm

      thank you so much!! you are so awesome… i really love your blog. xxx

  6. rearden007 permalink
    November 10, 2010 7:58 pm

    I was on the beach in Malibu yesterday, cartwheeling over jellyfish and leaping in the air to avoid the water, when I realized something so simple that made so much sense: meditation is happiness and happiness comes through truth. When we are able to see clearly into things for what they are, regardless of pain or sadness, we find peace.

    “Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.”

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