Effective Meditation Practice
It can be quite arrogant to think that 'only' esoteric reasons for practice are legit or 'effective' reasons for practice.
How does a teacher know what each person needs in this life ?
Who is to say what is best for them ?
We all want something different from meditation. However the efficacy of meditation practice seems to increase when we develop motives more aligned with traditional reasons for practice.
Understandable yet less effective motives:
I want to change myself, self-hatred, I am not good enough the way I am, I want to become someone else.
I don't want to experience pain, only pleasure, only happiness.
I want power in the world, I want to attract wealth, I want to be admired.....eg The Secret
Traditional ways to improve effectiveness of practice :
Practice out of love for yourself
Practice out of desire to know the Truth
Practice to be of service to all beings
Effective, aligned motive can be formatted into a prayer for instance :
“May I practice out of love for myself in order to know the truth of my own being, in order to benefit all beings."
"I practice out of love for myself in order to know the truth of my own being, in order to benefit all beings."
“May I practice out of love for myself in order to know the peace and stillness of my own being."