As we grow up, we are taught how important our physical and mental development is. We begin to believe that happiness only lies in developing ourselves in these two areas. Life becomes like a rat-race in which we try to meet our physical needs for food, clothing, shelter, and comfort, along with sensual enjoyment, possessions, and love. We spend time developing our intellect by receiving a good education which leads to a rewarding career. We engage in hobbies and pastimes that bring enjoyment to our mind. We look for happiness in meeting our emotional needs for love and companionship through our relationships with our family, friends, and loved ones. We may look for a companion in life, and ultimately marry and raise a family. It has been the role of the spiritual adepts, the saints, and mystics to awaken us to the reservoir of bliss-giving nectar that bubbles within us.
The way to tap into this pool is simple. It is only a matter of our attention. We can direct our attention wherever we wish. We can place it on our body. We can focus it on our mind. Or we can concentrate our attention on our soul.
Unfortunately, since our childhood, we have been trained to focus ourselves on our body and mind. Our senses naturally find it easy to become involved in the activities of the world through our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin. Our parents and teachers have never taught us how to focus on our soul. Had they done so, we would have been proficient by now in tapping into the source of consciousness and bliss within.
Meditation is easy. One of the great spiritual teachers of this century, Sant Kirpal Singh, used to say that it is like closing one drawer and opening another. During the time of meditation, we merely put our thoughts of the world and our problems in one drawer and close it. Then, we open the drawer of meditation and concentrate only on that. When the meditation is over, we can then open the drawer of our thoughts and worldly problems and deal with them. Meditation is focusing one’s attention at the seat of the soul, located between and behind the two eyebrows. As we meditate and come in contact with the source all love within, we begin to spread it to others. We will always be in tune with the happiness within and will radiate it to all who come in contact with us. Then we can spread joy wherever we go.