There seems to be a growing enthusiasm among many people to
engage in meditation nowadays and this could be clearly seen in
the ever-increasing number of people engaging in meditation and
self-realization programs. So we ask: "Why do people bother to
allot some of their precious times to seemingly unproductive
hours of meditation?" The answer cannot be seen externally as we
look at those people while they are deeply engaged in meditation.
The answer lies internally in those people who in the process of
engaging in meditation get in touch with their inner being during
The world has a tendency to alienate a person from his inner
being. Man's mind is bombarded from all sides by stimuli which
distract man's consciousness from truly understanding the
meaning and significance of most events and things in this world.
Mass media continuously try to satisfy our inner longing by
providing us with all the enjoyment and diversions to while away
our time and forget the gnawing reality of monotony and angst
which afflict every person in our society. These diversionary
tactics provided by modern conveniences and amenities slowly
distract our mind and alienate us further from our inner-self
which is the source of real peace, healing, and understanding.
However, there is a growing movement back to our rootedness in
our inner being. This is shown in the large number of people
engaging in meditation nowadays. In a 2005 Newsweek’s survey, nearly a third of adults in the United States are found to be
engaging in daily simple meditation. These people maintain that
meditation brings them a lot of positive things. They claim that
meditation gives them inner peace, more focus, lessening of
stress, and a deeper appreciation and understanding of life.
The basic truth about meditation is simple—that you could learn it
in just five minutes—and you can readily engage in it anytime and
anywhere. Yet you should constantly engage in it to improve on it.
Likewise, it could also be developed into a habit wherein it
becomes natural or second nature to a person to engage in it. The
more one practices meditation the higher the level of meditation
one can achieve. Moreover, there are various methods of
meditation which one can learn to further one's journey deep into
one's inner being. In this book, my primary concern is to lay down
and explain one of the most useful methods of meditation—the
Empty Mind Meditation—which could greatly enhance your
meditation experience and lead you to a deeper spiritual