For three years I meditated for about 2,500 hours: Two hours every day, and all day every day on four 10-day silent retreats.
I also read a ton of books on spirituality, meditation and cognitive neuroscience…
I turned my days and nights into mindfulness practices and attained blissful concentration states and mystical experiences.
I dissolved my sense of self, or what we may call “my ego”.
The result is that I simply perceive life differently now. There is no easy way to describe the effect and exactly how it makes sense – but the effect is definitely good. My parents can tell the difference, and so can my brother, my girlfriend and my friends. And they all agree that something good definitely came out of this.
Trying to explain a little bit about this “good effect”, the following lists some of the benefits I have experienced as a result of my practice:
- Much more happiness
- Much less misery
- I feel content at least 95% of the time, even when I’m not happy
- Increased awareness of body/mind (mindfulness)
- The ability to be content in the face of difficult emotions, i.e. fear, anger, lust, depression, sadness, restlessness…
- Ability to enter pleasant mental states quickly in concentration meditation (a very effective stress-counter)
- Increased freedom to take the steps I want in my life, not held back by fear so much
- A highly increased ability to live in the present moment
- Increased ability to “let go”
This site is about sharing some of what I’ve learned and some of the helpful perspectives that I’ve gained.
Unique to the Scientific Meditator is a strictly scientific approach to meditation and spirituality. This is what has ensured real, tangible insight and beneficial results from the practice.
However strange it may sound to combine science and spirituality in the same sentence, the argument is well reasoned for in the blog post “How spirituality is a Scientific pursuit“.
It is absolutely essential to understand this if one wishes to develop real, objectively derived insight into the nature of the mind and conscious experience, from which all the benefits of practice come.
In this regard, the Scientific Meditator has many blog posts on intellectually understanding the practical path of meditation, and how the results emerge from this.