Towards a Higher Consciousness

Towards a Higher Consciousness

Towards a Higher Consciousness

You would probably like to improve the quality of your life, so that means improving the quality of your consciousness. But how do you do that? First of all, it’s important to understand that your consciousness is not simply “good” or “bad”; it exists on a continuous scale from lower (worse) to higher (better). What you choose to think and do on a moment-to-moment basis determines where your consciousness is on that scale. Let’s look at it this way: think of your consciousness as an old-fashioned balance scale, like the one pictured below.

To move your consciousness from the lower end of the scale towards the higher end of the scale, you can do two things:

• Place less on, or remove from, the lower side • Place more on the higher side

Every time you meditate, you are putting more weight on the higher side of the consciousness scale. But what happens if you are also putting weight on the lower side in other areas of your life? The scale tips back towards the lower end of the scale, and much of the benefit derived from your meditation is lost. This is why many people eventually give up meditation.

Every moment can be an opportunity to meditate, No matter where you are Or what is going on around you. It is all a matter Of where your consciousness is. - Sri Chinmoy

You may be thinking, “All I have to do is stop putting weight on the lower end of the scale, and I’ll get the full benefit of my meditation.” If only it were that easy! In fact, if you already had the capacity to eliminate all the negative influences in your life, you wouldn’t need meditation in the first place. But as we all know, the reality of life is that we can and do fall prey to negative influ-ences that lower our consciousness. That’s why it’s so important to support your medi-ta-tion with all parts of your being.