Human maturation happens. Whether we pursue growth or not, we gain wisdom. But by actively trying to grow up, we can speed the process. This benefits our loved ones, who get to experience us as more giving, tranquil people. And it benefits the world, by increasing humanity’s stock of enlightened beings.
I would add it benefits ourselves, but by the time we reach the state of Open Heart, that no longer seems so important. On the other hand, it is usually the self’s suffering that spurs the quest for transcendence.
So let’s say we’re looking to grow. How do we facilitate development? There is no shortage of sage advice along these lines. I’m continually amazed by the number of books that offer terrific insight and suggestions that can guide us to awakening. Most cities have meditation centers, and many spiritually potent teachers travel the world leading retreats. So resources abound.
But this is a blog post, which to my mind means it should offer a pithy simplification of how to effect the grand blossoming of awareness. Last night I participated in a meditation group and as the post-sitting discussion roamed, a nice way of framing growth occurred to me. It centers around the two main poles of Eastern meditation: concentration and mindfulness.