What is stopping so many people from doing meditation? Is it the fear that it doesn’t work, or the lack of faith that it does?
One of my favourite quotes is by long time friend, Bob Proctor which I’ll get to in a second. You might remember Bob was the host of the movie the Secret. He’s also the narrator voice on the Nightingale Conant audio series of Napoleon Hill’s “Think & Grow Rich”. When Bob was on my advisory board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada), he and I had breakfast a few times and talked at length about his support for the Power of Positive Music and the power of the mind. Bob said something to me that has stuck with me for years as it seem to be the ultimate conundrum for people doing self help – psychology. It’s one of my all time favourite quotes so you might have heard me use it before.
“Most people know what to do, the problem is they just don’t know why they’re not doing it!” ~ Bob Proctor
I continually think about that quote in regards to many social issues and even on a global scale on issues like world peace, as I think that quote would apply on so many different levels. I thought about it last week as I went to hear a Buddhist nun at the University of Toronto, named Ge-la Kelsan Dekyon, who had some inspiring teachings on both meditation and Buddhism I should say “Modern” Buddhism or Buddhism for the 21st Century. It was quite a paradigm shift for me on the nature of meditation, and reinforced to me the importance of Meditation as a regular regime. I often have thought about how differently Western vs Eastern cultures regard meditation.
I think far to many people in the West believe anything you can’t see or is scientifically proven, or something has been adopted by the masses, is something we question and doubt the validity of. This in spite of the many times meditation has been proven to work.
I often think about a study on crime reduction and meditation that was hi-lighted in the movie “What The Bleep Do We Know”, which reminds me of the Landmark Forum circle of knowledge that hi-lights what we know, what we don’t know and how much we don’t know that we don’t know.
In this landmark study the National Demonstration Project to Reduce Violent Crime and Improve Governmental Effectiveness brought approximately 4,000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs to the United States national capital from June 7 to July 30, 1993. A 27-member independent Project Review Board consisting of sociologists and criminologists from leading universities, representatives from the police department and government of the District of Columbia, and civic leaders approved in advance the research protocol for the project and monitored its progress. The decrease in violent crime on average was 24.6%.
So since seeing this study I have wondered over and over again, why not do is again…. and again and again. Especially with so much evidence.
I think the answer is two things….. the doubt that leads to fear and not understanding the power of fear in the brain as often perceived as real and the PosiRatio of 1 negative having a multiplier effect of 10:1 and as well the ten positives to counteract the one negative rule. So what does this translate too. You need to spend a great deal of conscience effort in the effort you put in to schedule and practice meditation, and also learning meditation.
So back to the Bob Proctor question…. of knowing what to do and not knowing why we do
n’t do it, meditation is a perfect example. How many of us, kind of know how good it is for us. Hopefully watching the power meditation will translate into the idea that you don’t always have to see the results before you try something and like the movie the Secret, the law of attraction that many things can’t always be explained in a simple concept, however if you put your faith in the idea that it works and also you often need to put a great deal of thought and effort into making it work, to weed out that sliver of doubt that will creep into your mind and sabotage your faith.
So if you know that meditation is a part of Positive Energy and the key to your positive health and potentially the solutions to much bigger things when you think about world and peace meditation days, the secret is that a well thought affirmation is really a meditation and they work. If you agree with this my PIQ Positive Imperative Question to you is when did you “know” and what are you going to do about it, or are you going to fall into Bob Proctor’s quote conundrum and sit by on the side lines missing out?