The Meditation Manifesto: 108 Truths About Your Meditation Practice

There are many truths about having a meditation practice waiting to be discovered by dedicated aspirants. A consistent practice can go beyond the effects of calmness and stress relief. A daily meditation habit can transform your life. Below are 108 truths about your meditation practice.

  1. There are many paths that lead to meditation, but ultimately one experience of truth.
  2. It’s natural for your mind to wander during meditation.
  3. We make time for everything else, but increasing inner knowledge.
  4. It’s not possible to be happy without having peace of mind.
  5. Maintaining a meditation practice requires discipline and determination. 
  6. To reach higher levels of consciousness, one must simplify their life.
  7. Faith guides any meditation practice.
  8. Being busy is not an excuse for not meditating.
  9. The methods and techniques to reach moksha/nirvana/enlightenment are already based on science; we do not need statistics, only to practice ourselves.
  10. To be completely dedicated to a meditation practice requires an overhaul in lifestyle.
  11. Yoga includes meditation, both a philosophy and practice.
  12. Most people will not allow themselves to believe in other states of consciousness that enables one to transcend space and time.
  13. Everything is energy.
  14. Our minds can be controlled with practice.
  15. It can take a lifetime, to lifetimes, of meditating to achieve complete peace of mind.
  16. A steady meditation practice over many years will transform your mind.
  17. It’s easier to live with hatred, anger, and greed, than to work towards completely removing them from our minds.
  18. We cause our own unhappiness.
  19. Daily meditation will help you remove the fear of death (a barrier to our overall progress).
  20. Ego is the BIGGEST enemy to spiritual development.
  21. Everything we do before we meditate is more important than our actual meditation practice.
  22. In the beginning of creating a meditation routine, you will have to be very careful and mindful of your environment (who and what you surround yourself with).

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  23. Contemplation is not meditation.
  24. If you meditate everyday, all spiritual and religious texts will feel like they are speaking only to you.
  25. Finding a true spiritual teacher/guru will feel natural and comfortable, not something out of your comfort zone.
  26. Overcoming attachment to ego will involve practicing selflessness whenever and wherever you can.
  27. Many things that once seemed important will start to lose significance.
  28. You, not anyone else, can only do the inner work.
  29. A steady and consistent meditation practice will decrease the mind wandering.
  30. In the beginning, the most difficult hurdle will be making time for meditation.
  31. Followed by the second hurdle, sitting comfortably.
  32. And then the third hurdle, being able to focus.

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  33. The effects of meditation cannot always be seen by others. It is an internal change that takes place; therefore you should begin a practice for yourself, not others.
  34. There is a meditation technique suited for every individual based on his or her personality and temperament. It requires finding and creating your own meditation practice.
  35. The more advanced you are in your practice, the less you will need materially and physically.
  36. A genuine meditation practitioner does not judge those who do not meditate.
  37. Any negative experiences as a result of meditation are because of improper knowledge and lack of guidance.
  38. Meditation is not a cure for all problems in life, but it is a tool to handle them better.
  39. Meditation changes your perspective to be more positive and live healthier.
  40. The full benefits of meditation go way beyond helping you to feel calmer and more relaxed.
  41. Whatever changes occur as a result of meditation are necessary to your life; not everyone will experience the same effects.
  42. There are numerous benefits to having a dedicated sacred space/meditation altar, including motivation to meditate.

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  43. When you first begin meditating, you will wonder how long it has been and when it is going to end. However, with a consistent practice, you will wonder how it went by so fast and feel like meditating longer.
  44. Over time, your happiness will not depend on outside circumstances, but will come from within yourself.
  45. You will find yourself becoming less judgmental.
  46. You begin viewing your challenges as opportunities to learn life lessons.
  47. You start doing the right thing out of a sense of wanting to do good for others, not because of what others may think.
  48. Your compassion grows for people, as well as animals and the earth.
  49. Your attitude shifts to that of abundance and acceptance.
  50. You focus on solutions, rather than problems.
  51. Your self-confidence grows and you become more self-assured.
  52. You listen to your intuition and are guided by inherent trust in yourself.
  53. You help support others in their growth to the best of your abilities.
  54. You find ways to serve others and think about what will benefit the greater good, instead of thinking solely about one’s own means and goals.
  55. One noticeable and early difference you will find in your behavior will be how much calmer you feel. Keep going. There are many more changes coming.
  56. Your thinking will organically shift to be more self-reflective in any situation, to get to the root of any feelings and emotions.
  57. You begin glowing with positivity.
  58. You will seek out and find ways to stay consistently inspired.

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  59. Money becomes the gateway to spiritual realization, instead of the end goal.
  60. Your perspective of what constitutes a good life and the meaning of success evolves into gaining more inner peace.
  61. Solitude will bring greater awareness and more peace, instead of loneliness.
  62. You understand that life and death are just phases in our existence.
  63. You find joy in the every day things, instead of being angry in the small things.
  64. You find yourself feeling grateful for your joys and sorrows.
  65. You freely give without expectation, whether that is knowledge, a helping hand, or money.

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  66. Joy radiates from a feeling for a love of life.
  67. You seek to understand each moment.
  68. You accept the circumstance.
  69. You realize that any problem anyone experiences, no matter the magnitude of it, causes agitations to the mind.
  70. Nothing outside of us stays constant, but our attitude, thinking, and behavior do not have to change because of the circumstance.
  71. With a regular practice, your focus will organically increase during meditation and in the rest of your life.

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  72. Any time agitation arises in your mind, you will ask yourself- why am I thinking this way or why is this feeling coming up for me?
  73. You don’t have to physically go anywhere to find happiness, but within yourself.
  74. Engaging in too many outside activities is a distraction to realizing our inner knowledge.
  75. We cannot outsource self-realization. You have to put in the time and effort yourself.
  76. You will find that not much is needed materially in order to live a good life.
  77. No matter what anyone says or does, your faith will sustain your practice.

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  78. You will make the best of your circumstances, instead of complaining and comparing.
  79. Your creativity will increase, in what you say with your words, in how you problem-solve, and in the way you make decisions.
  80. Your interests will change.
  81. You will pay more attention to your breathing throughout the day.
  82. You will begin understanding that many people are misguided by their own challenges, instead of intentionally causing pain.
  83. Coincidences are just manifestations of the same energy moving through and around us.
  84. After a steady meditation practice, you will begin to distinguish experiences of different states of consciousness (subconscious, conscious, and superconscious).
  85. You will find yourself naturally simplifying your life, reducing dependence on things and removing people who do not contribute to your growth.
  86. You will replace that which no longer serves you by surrounding yourself with people and things that help nurture your growth.
  87. More and more you will find yourself not taking things personally or being offended because you understand that we are all connected.
  88. You will seek more purpose and meaning in your life.
  89. In the beginning of spiritual awakening, you may experience frustration, anger, and/or sadness over time having been wasted, others not understanding your path, or resenting yourself for past decisions. These feelings are necessary to go through towards long-term development.

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  90. Whatever energy we put out, we receive.
  91. Selflessness and service will just start to feel better than acting from a self-serving place.
  92. After a consistent meditation practice, you will automatically start shedding any extraneous tools you needed to meditate and much more easily be able to get into a meditative state of mind.
  93. You will realize the importance of your meditation practice and make time for it everyday.
  94. You will realize that sustaining a meditation routine comes from creating your own meditation practice.
  95. You will patiently continue your meditation practice, finding comparing yourself to others to be inefficient and unproductive, and instead use your own gradual progress as a measuring stick.
  96. Most people will be quick to judge and criticize your faith in meditation. However, you don’t let it discourage you.
  97. You will find time spent on arguments and debates are fruitless and unnecessarily distracting to the mind, instead you align yourself with higher forms of thinking.
  98. Over time, you will slowly not recognize the person you were before you began this practice.
  99. But you will realize why you thought and behaved the way you did and its purpose.
  100. You accept the level of where you are at in your practice, not rushing to reach the next level.
  101. You feel the difference after you meditate.
  102. You do not let any visions or sensations you experience during meditation impede your spiritual progress by allowing it to feed your ego.
  103. Each time you sit to meditate, it will be a different experience. You don’t judge it.
  104. You stop taking life so seriously.
  105. Your values and needs become simpler.
  106. Each day becomes an opportunity for higher thinking and living.
  107. You value time as much as society values money.
  108. Meditation becomes an everyday habit, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower that you cannot live without.